Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Duke Energy Schedules Tree Trimming Project in Historic District

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Beginning the week of February 23, Duke Energy will begin a three-to-four week tree trimming project within much of the City of Apalachicola’s historic district. According to Duke Energy officials, the project is part of an annual maintenance program targeting potential vegetation hazards located near utility lines.

In preparation of the Duke Energy trimming project and in the interest of preserving unique and historic trees, city officials have identified and tagged with yellow ribbons approximately 100 trees that City officials have requested be given special attention.

“City staff, along with tree experts, have identified many trees that because of their size or species we think need special attention during this project,” said City Administrator Betty Webb. “We are encouraging Duke to do the most minimal of trimming of these unique or historic trees,” she said. “The yellow ribbons do not mean the tree is marked for removal – it means it is marked for special protection,” she said.

Duke Energy officials have already begun canvasing the community placing door hangers on houses near which potential vegetation may need to be trimmed or removed because it presents a risk to utility lines. In addition to street vegetation, Duke trimmers will also be traveling the city’s alleyways looking for potential vegetation hazards.

The Duke Energy Tree Trimming project is expected to last several weeks with teams of three to four trucks working the area four days a week.

“We’re trying to be sensitive to Duke’s requirements to trim vegetation along power lines,” Webb said. “At the same time, we’re also trying to protect the historic trees that make our town so special.”

If you have questions about the project, please contact the Code Enforcement office at (850)653-1522.

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