In order to provide safe and reliable service at the lowest possible price, Coast Electric will continue to use the most professional methods available while managing the association’s rights-of-way in 2017. This will be accomplished by the removal of trees and underbrush located beneath overhead distribution lines. Also, vegetation will be removed that interferes with the routine maintenance of overhead and underground facilities. Dead or hazardous trees that could fall and damage Coast Electric’s facilities will also be removed. Finally, trees growing in close proximity of overhead conductors will be pruned.
Coast Electric’s right-of-way maintenance program is essential to ensure safety for our member-owners and employees, to protect electric facilities from damage, and to maintain a continuous flow of electricity. In order to provide this service, the cooperative will be using mechanical, manual, and selective herbicide methods on approximately 2,500 miles of line during 2017. Coast Electric crews, along with Asplundh Tree Expert Company, S & S Line Service, and Progressive Solutions will perform these services.
Your electric cooperative has also contracted the services of Osmose Utilities to inspect and maintain approximately 13,000 poles in 2017. Poles are inspected for termites, deterioration, and damage. Problem poles are then replaced or repaired by Coast Electric crews to ensure public safety and system reliability.
Right of way maintenance and pole inspections for 2017 will be performed in the following areas:
Hancock Service Territory:
- Coast Electric, with help from S & S Line service, will be performing ROW maintenance on Necaise substation serving the northern Hancock County communities.
- Asplundh will be performing ROW maintenance on Turner substation serving the Bay St. Louis and Waveland areas.
- Osmose Utilities will be performing pole inspections on Rockyhill substation serving the Kiln area.
- Progressive Solutions will be performing selective herbicide maintenance on Bay-Waveland, Diamondhead, Stennis, Vidalia, and Rockyhill substations serving the southern Hancock County communities.
- S & S Line Service will be performing ROW maintenance on Ansley substation serving the Pearlington area.
Harrison Service Territory:
- Coast Electric, with help from S & S Line service, will be performing ROW maintenance on Saucier substation serving the Lizana and Saucier areas.
- S & S Line Service will be performing ROW maintenance on Lamey substation serving the Biloxi and Woolmarket areas.
- Osmose Utilities will be performing pole inspections on Olson substation serving the Long Beach area.
- Asplundh will be performing ROW maintenance on Sunkist, Cedar Lake, Gay Road, and Hwy 15 substations serving the Biloxi and D’Iberville areas.
- Progressive Solutions will be performing selective herbicide maintenance on Oneal, Landon, Canal, Dedeaux, Woolmarket, Watts, Saucier, Lizana, and Three Rivers substations serving the Long Beach, Gulfport, Woolmarket, Biloxi, Saucier, and Lizana areas.
Pearl River Service Territory:
- Coast Electric, with help from S & S Line service, will be performing ROW maintenance on McNeill substation serving the McNeill and Henleyfield communities.
- S & S Line Service will be performing ROW maintenance on Crossroads and Nicholson substations serving the Picayune and Poplarville areas.
- Osmose Utilities will be performing pole inspections on Pigott substation serving the Picayune area.
- Progressive Solutions will be performing selective herbicide maintenance on Roseland and Pigott substations serving the Picayune area.
Please note that areas cut and crews performing maintenance is subject to change.
All electric utilities have an obligation to provide safe clearances around trees and energized conductors. In addition to clearances for safety, reliability is becoming more important as we plan our everyday lives. In short, as we plan our daily activities we depend on having electricity. Coast Electric’’s goal is to provide safe and reliable service to our customers at the lowest possible price.
Coast Electric appreciates our member-owners’ cooperation as we endeavor to provide you with the best possible service. Please remember to be careful around power lines and remember never to plant trees under or over power lines. Please feel free to contact Coast Electric’s System Right-of-Way Coordinator, Archie Dickens, if you have any questions concerning the association’s maintenance practices by phone at 228-363-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Updated as of 2/3/17