TREE PLANTING & PRUNING
When planting a tree on your property, consider the future impact that may exist if power lines are present. Questions should be directed to the Logan County Cooperative office, 937-592-4781.
Tree trimming is an essential part of maintaining a safe and reliable supply of electricity. Tree limbs that come in contact with power lines pose a significant risk to public safety and reliable electricity. By maintaining a regular tree-trimming program, Logan County Electric Cooperative can reduce safety concerns and eliminate one of the main causes of electrical outages.
The goal is to trim the tree back so that it will not interfere with the power lines until the next trimming cycle. Around single-phase distribution lines, clearance will be approximately 10 feet from the electric pole. Three-phase distribution lines will be cleared approximately 15 feet from the electric pole.
To ensure good trimming practices are followed, LCEC follows recommendations by the International Society of Arboriculture’s American National Standards Institute A300 2008 Tree-Pruning standard. This includes directional trimming, which removes the branches that are growing toward the power lines. This practice protects tree health while directing future growth away from the power lines.
Only trees that are in the primary distribution or transmission lines will be trimmed. Trees that interfere with service wires (wires from utility poles to the member’s house or building) will not normally be trimmed or removed. Arrangements can be made to have these wires temporarily removed to permit the property owner or contractor to trim or remove the tree.
By maintaining a regular tree-trimming program, LCEC can reduce safety concerns and service interruptions.
Trees add beauty to our community, but tree limbs and power lines are not a good combination. LCEC distribution lines carry our members’ electricity and must be kept clear to protect their safety and keep their electric service reliable. By trimming trees, LCEC reduces safety hazards and electrical outages.
Trees are a common cause of blinks and outages - especially when severe weather hits. In addition, tree limbs that extend into power lines pose a significant risk to public safety. Anyone climbing a tree with branches that are intertwined with power lines can come into contact with the wires and be seriously injured.
Our crews, which are generally Cooperative employees, trim trees around our primary transmission and distribution lines on a four (4) to five (5) year cycle.
Trees that are in the primary transmission and distribution lines, and trees that pose a threat to public safety and power interruptions will given our highest priority to be trimmed.
Trees that interfere with service wires (wires from utility poles to the customer's house or building) will also be trimmed or removed by the cooperative. Please call the office if your trees are in the service wire and a member of the operations team will meet with you to make arrangements to have your line cleared.
The goal is to trim the tree back so that it will not interfere with the power lines until the next trimming cycle.
Around our high-voltage lines, clearance would be approximately 15 feet.
Members who refuse to allow Logan County Electric Cooperative to trim trees to a 3-4 year cycle may incur charges for out-of-cycle tree clearance.
At a customer's request, we will consider removing a tree if it interferes with a primary transmission or distribution line, and if removing it will eliminate the need for future trimming.
We will not remove a tree without the property owner's permission. If a tree is dead, dying, diseased, storm-damaged or is likely to be severely deformed by trimming, we will suggest it be removed. If the tree being removed is dead or dying it shall be the responsibility of the homeowner to clean up debris. The responsibilities of the homeowner and the Cooperative will be discussed and agreed upon prior to work being done.
Wood chips are available to members if a crew is working in their neighborhood. If you're interested in obtaining wood chips, contact Member Services at 937-592-4781.
We are granted permission to trim trees under membership and easement agreements with the members we serve. We are not interested in trimming beyond what is necessary for public safety and reliability of electrical service.
- Applicant grants to the Cooperative the right and easement over any part of the premises described below to install, operate, maintain, repair and remove any part of the Cooperative’s electric and/or communication system to properly maintain the supply of service, and to do all things incidental or necessary thereto, including, without limitation, cutting, trimming and controlling the growth of vegetation that may interfere with or threaten to endanger the operation and maintenance of said system.
The member shall grant to the Cooperative and the Cooperative will maintain easement and/or right-of-way according to its specifications with the right to cut, trim and control the growth of vegetation using mechanical or chemical methods within the easement and/or right-of-way or that may interfere with or threaten to endanger the operation or maintenance of the Cooperative’s electric facilities.
The minimum easement width, which may include existing road right of way, shall be as follows:
Overhead Three Phase Primary 15’
Underground Three Phase Primary 10’
Overhead Single Phase Primary 10’
Underground Single Phase Primary 10’
Overhead Three Phase Secondary 10’
Underground Three Phase Secondary 10’
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