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Hazardous situation becomes critical topic

Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

Trees are dangerously close to the power lines feeding the City of Monroe City and are a hazard to the safety of the general public, the reliability of electric service to the City and of Northeast Power’s bulk electric transmission system.

The Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative (Northeast Power) sent a letter to the City of Monroe City with attention to Kerry Lee, Electric Department Manager, informing him of a very serious hazardous situation located on a portion of the 69,000-volt transmission power line owned by the city.

The letter states that in at least two locations on the east and west side of East Border St. along the northern railroad tracks large trees are growing near the transmission line.
This is a violation of the National Electric Safety Code and overall Good Utility Practice. The letter dated July 25, explains that Michael Jefferies, Right of Way Manager for Northeast Power, contacted Lee by phone on May 31 about the problem. Jefferies indicates in the letter that he spoke with Kerry Lee about the danger and emergency of this situation, provided options and suggestions by offering to help, calling this a very hazardous situation. He explained if there was something Northeast Power can do to assist with the safe trimming or removal of the trees to contact them as soon as possible.

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