Right-of-way clearance is an important part of system maintenance to ensure we provide reliable electricity to our members. That's why Citizens Electric Corporation (CEC) contractors working for CEC, trim trees, and mow brush throughout the system as needed. A right-of-way corridor for an electric line is a strip of land that an electric utility uses to construct, maintain, repair, or replace an overhead or underground power line. The corridor allows the utility to provide clearance from trees, buildings and other structures that could interfere with the line installation, maintenance, and operation. Easements have been granted to allow access to these areas.
While trees may seem harmless on a calm, sunny day, adding wind and ice threatens many residential and commercial owners' electric supply. Trees and brush can also interfere with routine maintenance of electrical equipment. The Citizens Electric right-of-way program is one key component to fulfilling the commitment to provide safe, reliable, electricity. Ste. Genevieve county members in the St. Mary, River Aux Vases, Ozora, Minnith, and Coffman areas can expect to see ground-to-sky clearing take place on 324 miles of line beginning this month through the end of 2022. Ground-to-sky clearing consists of mowing, side trimming, and bucket work along a 30-foot-wide easement, 15 feet on both sides of the line. Hazardous trees outside of the right-of-way may also need attention. Members will be notified of tree work in their area by means of door hanger, letter, or phone message. Contact Citizens Electric if you have any questions regarding the scheduled tree work or if you are interested in receiving wood chips.