Trees trimmed in utility maintenance plan

Archie Joyner, with W.A. Kendall Co., trims tree limbs away from power lines on Avenue of Pines on Wednesday. The tree trimming is part of Entergy’s preventative maintenance program to ensure trees don’t interfere with power service. Staff Photo / Galen Holley

Staff Writer

   Entergy is trimming trees away from power lines as part of its preventative maintenance program in the area of Monroe St.
   Crews with Entergy’s contractor, W.A. Kendall Co., have been trimming back vegetation to insure that it doesn’t hamper service.
   “The number one cause of power outages is some sort of vegetation getting tangled up in a power line, so maintaining clear rights-of-way is one of the more important measures we take to ensure safe, reliable electric service to homes and businesses,” said Jim Lyles, Entergy’s customer service manager in Grenada.  “While we need adequate clearance, we also want to be good stewards of customer property. We notify customers before trimming on their property, and we take care to remove debris and avoid rutting the ground.”
   Crews are currently working near Wooded Drive and Monroe Street down to Scenic Drive.
   In May 2012, The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Entergy Corporation as a 2012 Tree Line USA utility for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care within the Entergy service territory.
   Tree Line USA is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters that recognizes public and private utilities for their efforts to protect and enhance America’s urban trees while ensuring the delivery of safe, reliable power.
   It is the seventh year Entergy has been recognized.

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