Overgrown right-of-way can cause problems during severe weather and can make it difficult to reach trouble spots to make repairs. Due to our experience with the ice storms, maintenance issues and reliability we will be trimming re-growth and areas that may have been previously missed in years past to insure your electric reliability. Currently SIEC is on a five year right-of-way program; tree trimming will be performed in two sub station areas annually as will chemical spray applications. Generally, the contractors will be trimming up to 20 to 25 feet on each side of the pole centerline and removing any additional “danger” trees that may be a potential threat to the power lines. Yard trees will be reviewed separately and a determination will be made on the best course of action for those trees. The contractors will also be mowing and brush cutting underneath the power lines. In most cases, you should expect to see less vegetation cut and removed than in prior years, depending on the re-growth activity in your area. You should also expect delays on clean up work depending upon the weather conditions. For those of you participating in organic agriculture practices; SIEC will require formal documentation of your certified organic farm in order to be put on a NO SPRAY list. SIEC appreciates your continued cooperation with these programs. If you have any questions please give us a call.