Pole Inspection Crews to Perform Work
In the coming weeks as part of routine maintenance, Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WCEC) has contracted with Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. to provide inspection services for distribution poles. To that end, contractor crews from Osmose will be performing sound test on poles and will operate with WCEC's guidance to access private property under the authority of WCEC's easements.
These crews will be working in Van Zandt and Smith counties in the Garden Valley, Jamestown, Pecan Hills, Lindale, Smith Chapel, St. Mary’s, and Red Springs communities. Following, they will perform work in Wood County in the regions of Hawkins, Winona, Pine Mills, Crow, and Hainesville.
The project timeline will be dependent upon terrain and weather but work is expected to begin the second week in August and last through the first of January 2016. These workers will have Osmose identification and WCEC contractor vehicle signage. They will also carry a letter from WCEC.
Inspection of poles is a critical action that provides safer operations and increased costs savings. Identifying weaker poles before they potentially break can reduce unexpected outages and allows WCEC to schedule preventative repair and construction, as opposed to reacting to an emergency. All WCEC members should be aware of this important activity and extend the same courtesies to these work crews as is given to WCEC employees.
Members with any questions regarding this activity are encouraged to call WCEC Member Services, 903-763-2203, for clarification.