Duke Energy announced yesterday plans to begin vegetation maintenance along power lines within the City of Apalachicola. The company announced that beginning next week through its contractor Burford Tree Service; they will begin trimming trees west of Apalachicola out in the county and move eastward towards town over the next few weeks, but no earlier than Monday, October 6, 2014.
According to Bobby Pickles, area representative for Duke Energy, Burford began yesterday distributing door hangers throughout the targeted area of the city detailing why the power company performs vegetation maintenance around power lines and their plans to begin trimming within the Apalachicola community.
“Duke Energy is committed to providing our customers with safe, reliable electric service. Maintaining trees and vegetation along our power lines helps to ensure reliability, minimize outages and enhance safety for customers, Duke Energy employees and contractors”, as written on the door hanger. “Duke Energy hires qualified, trained tree experts to inspect and clear electric lines on its system. Our crews use industry-approved pruning techniques endorsed by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the International Society of Arboriculture.”
The contractor Burford Tree Service specifically plans to use approximately 4-6 bucket trucks, several chipping trucks as well as a few other vehicles for logistical purposes. The total project is scheduled to last between 4-6 weeks with some of the time being spent west of town out in the county.
City Code Enforcement Officer Wilbur Bellew is scheduled to meet with Pickles before any work begins in the city to assure the tree trimming process is in compliance with the City’s Tree Ordinance.