While trees are a vital element in the quality of life, they can also become safety hazards when not properly maintained around utility lines and equipment. As a proactive approach to help prevent service interruptions, we follow a vegetation management program to ensure the safety and reliability of our utility system. The program determines that we will prune all trees and trim vegetation around energized power lines, fiber optic cables, utility poles, pad mount transformers and other utility equipment.
We do our best to preserve the tree's health as we prune. We use lateral pruning methods recommended by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Arbor Day Foundation. We prune trees that are in the Utility Maintenance Zone and threaten our power lines (25-feet around high voltage lines, 10 to12-feet around distribution lines). We do not prune trees interfering with service lines. If you have a tree threatening your service line, we will lower the line temporarily so your professional trimming service can safely prune the tree. We provide this service free of charge.
As a homeowner, you have the right and responsibility to take care of your landscape. Likewise, we must care for our power lines. We have professional tree trimmers that help to maintain our lines poles and guy wires.
You do have options to standard pruning, including hiring a private contractor (at your expense). If you think you will be unhappy with a tree's shape after pruning, you may also want to consider tree removal.