Tree pruning near hydro lines begins in east Oakville in January

Public open house scheduled for this month to learn more

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Tree pruning near hydro lines begins in east Oakville in January
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Dave Gittings

Dave Gittings

Councillor Dave Gittings and his wife Susan have resided in Ward 3 for the past 25 plus years. Their three children attended Chisholm, EJ James Public School, and Oakville Trafalgar High School. Recently after a 30-year career in advertising management at the Toronto Star, this is Dave's first term as Town & Regional Councillor. Dave has been actively involved in both the business community and with a wide range of Oakville associations and groups.

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Starting in the new year, the Town of Oakville will begin pruning trees near power lines in neighbourhoods in east Oakville. The town is undertaking this work on behalf of Oakville Hydro in an effort to reduce safety hazards and prevent power outages. A public open house will take place on November 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall for residents to learn more about the process.

If not properly maintained, trees can create power outages or hazardous situations by touching or falling on power lines.

“Regular pruning generally makes trees structurally more resilient to extreme weather events such as ice storms,” said John McNeil, manager, Forestry Services. “Our arborists inspect trees to ensure safe clearance around power lines to minimize potential hazards. The town uses professional tree service contractors skilled at maintaining the health of the trees.”

There are approximately 18,000 municipal and privately owned trees in the town’s hydro line clearing program. Trees in the program are pruned on a three-year cycle in each of the three zones of Oakville Hydro’s service area, following the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) industry standard of providing a minimum three-metre (10 foot) clearance.

In some instances, hazardous trees may require removal if satisfactory pruning cannot be achieved. Residents will be contacted if a tree requires work beyond routine pruning. When power lines are located in rear yards, workers will access the hydro easement through the property.

At the open house, residents will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the town’s Forestry section, Oakville Hydro, and the town’s tree service contractor, The Davey Tree Expert Company.

More information and a hydro line clearing zone map can be found at oakvillehydro.com.

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