Tree Trimming

Berea Municipal Utilities Tree Trimming and Removal Policies

During Emergency or Hazardous Conditions

For Primary, Secondary, and Service Lines:

Trees shall be trimmed:

  • in order to restore service or eliminate hazardous conditions involving overhead conductors.

Trees shall be removed:

  • when required to restore service or eliminate hazardous conditions involving overhead conductors.
  • The property owner will be contacted if possible

Brush clean up and disposal

  • shall be the responsibility of the customer

 

During Routine or Scheduled Cycles

For Primary or Secondary Lines:

Trees shall be trimmed:

  • as required following notification of the property owner

Trees shall be removed:

  • based on field inspection, following notification of the property owner and approval of BMU

Brush clean up and disposal:

  • All tree limbs, brush and twigs which can be chipped by the line clearance crew shall be removed from the work site
  • Logs which cannot be chipped shall be cut in firewood lengths and left on the site for use by the property owner or others
  • At the request of the property owner, logs shall be removed from the work site

For Service Lines:

Trees shall be trimmed:

  • to remove hazardous conditions as determined by specifications following notification of the property owner

Trees shall be removed:

  • Trees shall not be removed to clear service lines

Brush clean up and disposal:

  • All tree limbs, brush and twigs which can be chipped by the line clearance crew shall be removed from the work site
  • Logs which cannot be chipped shall be cut in firewood lengths and left on the site for use by the property owner or others
  • At the request of the property owner, logs shall be removed from the work site

In the Event of Special Customer Requests:

For Primary or Secondary Lines:

Trees shall be trimmed:

  • non-emergency requests shall normally be deferred until routine cycle trimming is performed

Trees shall be removed:

  • upon inspection by BMU, adequate clearance will be provided for the customer or contractor who wants to remove a tree.
  • permission of the property owner is required

Brush clean up and disposal:

  • If a tree is topped or trimmed for the convenience of the customer, the debris shall be the responsibility of the property owner.

For Service Lines:

Trees shall be trimmed:

  • non-emergency requests shall be deferred until routine scheduled work is done on the customer’s circuit.

Trees shall be removed:

  • Trees shall not be topped or removed to clear services.
  • BMU will temporarily turn off services to allow customers or their contractors to remove a tree.
  • A minimum of two working days is required to schedule the temporary shut off
  • If the scheduled appointment must be canceled due to weather or emergency conditions, BMU will notify the customer or contractor.