Indiana Michigan Power is advising the public it will begin trimming trees around transmission power lines in St. Joseph, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Berrien counties starting today.
The work is part of the company’s ongoing vegetation-management program aimed at improving the safety and reliability of electrical facilities, according to a company media release.
The work will continue through the end of the month, Monday through Saturday from daybreak to sundown, weather permitting.
I&M has employed Aerial Solutions to perform the work through the use of a helicopter and tree-trimming saw. The trimming tool is suspended beneath a helicopter by a vertical boom that has multiple motor power saw blades attached. The aerial trimming provides at least a 10-foot clearance of the right-of-way areas.