Courtesy ComEd

ComEd will be performing vegetation management (a.k.a. tree trimming) activities on several distribution circuits in the village during the months of July through September 2013. The purpose of the work is to enhance reliability. Vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is the leading cause of power outages. ComEd has notified affected customers and property owners via post card.

Tree trimming activities sometimes create concern on the part of residents because trees near electrical wires are significantly trimmed or sometimes require removal. Qualified line-clearance workers contracted by ComEd will perform the work. Supervisors and general foremen will be in close contact with crews, ensuring that the work is performed properly.

The village and ComEd strongly support the planting of appropriate vegetation in 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 power distribution 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 power distribution lines. For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, please visit:

Tree trimming is scheduled for the following locations in Riverside: Addison, Blackhawk, Blythe, North & South Delaplaine, Haas, Herrick, Lionel, Olmsted and Shenstone Roads and Ogden Avenue.