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MTEMC tree-trimming continues

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That substation provides power to about 1,800 meters in the area, a large number of which are located in the William D. Baird Industrial Subdivision, in addition to residences, he said.

The tree-trimming and cutting runs from an area near the bridge pass TRW to near the Lebanon Station for the Music City Star commuter train. The project began earlier in the spring.

Lebanon Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines noted city and MTEMC officials discussed the project and the citys desire to be able to maintain that strip of land by mowing and possibly replanting with some shrubbery and low-growth trees. Low-growth trees include Flowering Crabapples, Dogwoods, Saucer Magnolias and Redbuds, among others.

The hope, Baines said, is to leave it (the land) where it can be maintained properly.

We trim on a cycle, Palmer said, and noted it is up to MTEMC to see that power lines are protected from falling trees and tree limbs as much as possible. Its our responsibility to do that.

While MTEMC has some workers who do tree-trimming and cutting, often it will contract with a private company for the bulk of the project.

Asplundh Tree Expert Company is under contract with the electric cooperative for the work along the Bypass. The company is family-owned and has been in business since 1928, according to the website It is based in Willow Grove, Penn., and has a regional office in Nashville.

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