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Posted on: September 9, 2021

City to conduct tree trimming, power line maintenance in September

Boerne Utilities employee trims branches near power lines from a cherry picker lift

The City of Boerne has contracted McCoy’s Tree Service to trim trees throughout the city that pose a risk to power lines. The work will begin September 6 and run through the end of the month.

The work will be done throughout the city, including on private property where trees can potentially come into contact with power lines.

Employees with McCoy’s Tree Service will place a notice on the front door of homes where they will need to access the property. Notice will be given several days in advance of accessing the property.

Power outages in Boerne are rare, but when they do occur it is usually due to tree limbs coming into contact with power lines. During storms and high winds, swaying and broken tree limbs can fall onto power lines and even bring them down. In the winter time, ice laden limbs can droop under the weight of the ice and onto power lines.

Damage from downed lines can lead to widespread outages, potential for electrocution, and fires.

As a reminder, please plant new trees and vegetation a safe distance from power lines. Refer to the guidelines below when planting.

  • Small sized trees up to 25 feet tall when mature should be planted at least 25 feet from the nearest power lines.
  • Medium sized trees between 25 – 40 feet tall when mature should be planted at least 40 feet from the nearest power lines.
  • Large sized trees taller than 40 feet when mature should be planted at least 60 feet from power lines.

Please use caution when crews are at work. If you have any questions, please contact a Customer Care Representative at 830-249-9511, option 1.

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