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 begin working in the Alba/Golden, Mineola, Quitman, Little Hope and Sand Springs Communities. The project timeline will be dependent upon terrain and weather but work is expected to begin immediately and last through December. These workers will have Osmose identification including signs on their vehicles and will also carry Osmose identification and a letter from WCEC.
Inspection of poles is a critical action that allows for safer operations as well as reduced costs, allowing WCEC to better manage the factors that determine pole performance and strength. Identifying weaker elements of the system in advance of failure allows for optimum conditions for replacement, repair and construction, and enhances system reliability. All WCEC members should be cognizant 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.
Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit electric cooperative with the mission of providing member-customers reliable electric service at a reasonable rate. WCEC serves over 33,000 meters in parts of nine counties throughout northeast Texas, including Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.
Paige Eaton, Director of Communications