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FirstEnergy hires contractor to trim trees near power lines in Perrysburg

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Tree trimming in Perrysburg is to try to avoid future problems, such as this circumstance from a previous area storm.

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Get ready for tree trimming near power lines in Perrysburg.

FirstEnergy Corp. has hired Trees Inc. to cut back trees and branches that are deemed too close to electric lines in the Wood County city.

For the the next few weeks, trees on city and on private property that are considered too close to the power lines by FirstEnergy's Toledo Edison will be cut back or removed. The City of Perrysburg's Web site said such clearance occurs about every four years.

Such trimming has created controversy in some Toledo area neighborhoods, where residents have said the power company has cut the trees and branches back too far. But, lack of such trimming by FirstEnergy triggered a massive outage in 2003 that affected millions of residents in Ohio and several states.

Crews will be working in areas south of Front Street, north of Seventh Street, east of Findlay Street, and west of White Road. They will trim branches to a 10 feet clearance from electric lines. The crews will take branches from trimming and leave firewood sized pieces of wood at the base of the tree.

Immature trees within 15 feet of utility poles that have the potential to contact power lines as they grow will be removed.

Homeowners are responsible for disposing of the chopped wood, either using it as firewood, giving it away, or taking it to the City Compost Site.

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