09/13/05 @ 8:15pm - Public Shade Tree Hearing - NationalGrid

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09/13/05 @ 8:15pm - Public Shade Tree Hearing - NationalGrid

Postby Town Engineer » Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:35 am

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TOWN OF DOUGLAS PLANNING BOARD In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 87, Public Shade Tree Law, Section 3 (Cutting of Public Shade Trees; Hearing; Damages), The Town of Douglas Planning Board and Tree Warden will hold a Public Hearing for National Grid to prune and remove trees due to chronic tree outage problems along its main distrubution lines that affect large numbers of customers when an outage occurs. The program includes a tree by tree hazard tree assessment along the three-phase lines, together with the removal of overhangs from weak wooded species in areas that are susceptible to outage when smaller limbs fall across the lines. The Public Hearing is being held on Tuesday, September 13, 2005, at 8:15, in the Community Meeting Room, Municipal Center, 29 Depot Street, Douglas MA. Any person interested or wishing to be heard on the above matter should appear at the time and place designated. Richard Vanden Berg, Chairman Planning Board Leon Mosczynski Tree Warden August 22 & 29 2005
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Postby Town Engineer » Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:01 am

National Grid has introduced a multi-year reliability improvement project across Massachusetts that is designed to identify lines on our electric distribution system with a history of chronic poor tree performance affecting large numbers of customers. One or more of the main electric distribution lines serving your community have been identified as having experienced high customer interruption rates. The circuit that supplies your electricity is one of the top 25 circuits targeted for significant reliability improvement work this year under this program.

Our research has shown that the vast majority of these outages are caused by tree failures beyond the zone we normally maintain as part of our routine pruning program. In order to address this problem, you may soon see our Certified Arborists working in your neighborhood. These Arborists are trained and experienced in tree health, structural stability and other conditions that may lead to the failure of all, or part of the tree. We are focusing our initial attention on the main lines (three-phase portion) of your distribution circuit as it radiates out from the substation. Service interruptions on this section of the circuit typically impact large geographical areas and large numbers of customers. We will be looking for health and failure risks outside the zone we routinely maintain, and may request your permission to remove selected trees, and overhanging limbs so that we may also provide you with a safer property and neighborhood.

We will be conducting a tree by tree investigation, looking for dead or dying trees; trees with serious disease, defects, and structural weaknesses such as hidden decay, splits, cracks, and poor limb attachment; and weak wooded species that are prone to failure. Once we have completed their survey of the main supply lines across your property, we will review and discuss any potentially hazardous tree conditions found with you. We will also discuss the remedial work needed to minimize or eliminate the hazard with you. Any required work will be completed at NO CHARGE to the customer or the Town.

Clean-up and disposal is and important part of the project. However, actual clean-up procedures and methods may vary greatly from property to property, dependent upon site conditions and individual landowner requirements. Our Arborists will review the specific clean-up and wood disposal requirements for your property with you, including your option to keep the wood for future use; and we will handle all clean-up and disposal in a manner that is satisfactory to each property owner.

We will also be working closely with the Town Tree Warden to identify town trees with similar hazards, marking them as required and participating in public hearings to fully discuss the work with the public, where required.

Once work is approved, Line Clearance contractors will be assigned to complete the pruning and tree removal activities. This effort is expected to significantly improve safety and reduce the risk of property damage and/or tree caused outages to the main lines serving your community.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.



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Postby Town Engineer » Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:05 am

National Grid has proposed to implement its ACT Reliability Improvement Program in the Town of Douglas to address chronic tree outage problems along its main distribution lines that affect large numbers of customers when an outage occurs. The program includes a tree by tree hazard tree assessment along the three-phase lines, together with the removal of overhangs from weak wooded species in areas that are susceptible to outage when smaller limbs fall across the lines.

Our Arborists will be working closely with property owners and the Tree Warden in town to identify and permission the work beginning on or about Aug 31, 2005. Once specific pruning and removal requirements have been determined, we are required to participate in a public hearing with your Planning Board as well, before a permit can be issued for crews to start the actual removal process.

I would like to request time to review and discuss the program with the Board - if necessary - at your earliest convenience. I would also like to request time at your Sept 13, and 27 meetings for a "split" public hearing and permit approval process - if possible. The full assessment, public contact, and permission process could take several weeks to complete. A split process would enable us to bring crews in to start the permitted work as soon as possible while the Arborists finalize any remaining areas or concerns. This would also enable us to begin to correct the tree related reliability problems in Douglas as promptly as possible.

I have attached copies of a PowerPoint presentationon the program that was recently presented to the Board of Selectmen, together with a customer pre-notification letter that will be sent to customers/property owners living along the main distribution lines into Douglas that will be affected by the program for your information.

Thank you for your assistance in scheduling this item.

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