ComEd has notified the Village that they will be trimming trees in Riverside during the coming months. Vegetation management activities are a key component of ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure electrical system reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of outages. ComEd has notified any affected customers and property owners with a post card mailed directly to each address.
The Village and ComEd recognize that vegetation management activities sometimes create concern among residents because trees near electrical wires are significantly trimmed or sometimes require removal. Qualified line-clearance workers contracted by ComEd will be performing the tree pruning work. Supervisors and General Foremen will be in close contact with the crews, ensuring that the work is performed properly. The Village and ComEd strongly advocate proactive efforts to ensure that only appropriate vegetation is planted near utility installations, and utility easements and leases usually specify vegetation restrictions. Trees that grow taller than 20 feet, for example maple, elm, and blue spruce, should never be planted under or near distribution power lines. At full height, these trees could contact lines and cause a power outage or create a safety issue. Trees and bushes that grow to heights of less than 20 feet, for example dogwoods or crabapples, can often be planted near distribution power lines.
For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, please visit: http://www.ComEd.com/Trees.
Questions or concerns? Please contact ComEd at 1 (800) Edison-1, 1-800-334-7661.