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Eversource tree-cutting work looks to keep lights on in Londonderry

Union Leader Correspondent

April 21. 2017 12:06AM

LONDONDERRY — Work on several transmission line corridors will begin in the coming weeks in town.

The majority of the work will be cleaning up vegetation along the transmission lines scattered throughout town, such as cutting down trees near the power lines. The effort is designed to prevent outages from trees falling and bringing down the lines, said Anthony Johnson, a vegetation manager for Eversource.

“We do this on a four-year basis,” he said.

There are about a half-dozen transmission line routes in town that will be worked on, some near homes.

Before cutting, residents who live near the work will receive several notices via mailers, phone calls and certified letters.

Johnsons said that, in most cases, the felling and rimming can’t be done without working with the property owner since they are the ones who decide what happens to the wood once it’s cut.

Town Council Vice Chair John Farrell said that he hopes Eversource officials will provide property owners with all necessary information. Farrell said that, during projects in the past, there have been residents who have approached him, saying they didn’t know about the work or to what degree it was going to be done.

Others on the council shared those sentiments.

“You can’t over communicate,” said Chair Tom Dolan.

Updates on the work as well as a map of where the work will take place will be posted on the town’s website.

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