Duke Energy contractors (Asplundh) will be performing tree trimming activities on right of ways in the Pendleton area starting from the substation on Depot St. to Cherry St, then to Mechanic St. to Woodburn Rd, then to Twin Lakes Rd and Twin Lakes Campground. See map for further details. This circuit is approximately 13.6 miles long and serves approximately 700 customers. The project is scheduled to begin on June 20, 2018 and continue through the end of September 2018. Please see the map below marking the lines that will be trimmed in blue.
As information, our contract tree crews typically notify property owners when a tree on their property needs to be trimmed or cut down by knocking on doors a day or two before the work is scheduled. If no one answers, they leave a door hanger asking the customer to contact them only if they have an issue with it- so no contact indicates agreement to prune as necessary. If a tree is to be cut down, they will only do it after obtaining a signed permit by the property owner. Our contractors make every effort to satisfy the wishes of the property owner, however as you may know, the SC Public Service Commission requires and allows utilities to maintain rights of way as needed to ensure the reliability and safety of all customers. Duke must trim trees that pose a risk to our lines and equipment in a manner that meets ANSI standards and preserves the health of the tree. Note that brush that will fit into the chipper will be processed and hauled away, and larger logs that will not fit into the chipper will be cut into manageable lengths and left onsite.