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UPDATE: PSE&G Trimming Trees in Teaneck

Work to be finished in May or June, company says.

Public Service Electric and Gas has started tree pruning work in Teaneck in an effort to maintain the reliability of area electric lines, the company said.

In a release issued Tuesday, the company said work would take place between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. 

PSE&G spokeswoman Bonnie Shepard said tree pruning in the Teaneck-area would likely be completed in May or June. Shepard could not provide an exact schedule for Teaneck, and said crews would not be in town every day.

PSE&G’s tree contractor, Lewis Tree Service of West Henrietta, N.Y., must work circuit-by-circuit, with some circuits passing through other towns, Shepard said.

“Our vegetation management staff and contractors understand the value and beauty of having trees in front of customers' homes but have to trim them so they don't jeopardize the safety of residents and of the electric system,” a company statement said. “Growth is pruned away from energized wires and poles along roads and highways using techniques that preserve the health of the tree and direct future growth away from power lines.”

Residents can learn more about kinds of trees to plant underneath power lines or near utility poles at www.pseg.com/treetrim.

Downed limbs wreaked havoc in town , pulling down wires and leaving thousands in the dark for days. Crews had to clear debris from nearly every inch of Teaneck’s 121 miles of roadway, .

Although not a result of the snowstorm, by upgrading lines and substations. 

This report was first published Feb. 23 and was updated Tuesday with new details from a PSE&G news release. 

Judy Distler February 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
If only PSEG would take care of trimming the town tree roots as well!! Ours ruin the driveway every year, and threaten to take over the house. Could be a science fiction movie. . .
Teaneck_Resident February 23, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Are they trimming each and every block in Teaneck? The reason i ask is because my block could use some serious trimming.
Karin Kiesow-Irvine February 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
It would be nice if the Teaneck would stop planting trees in the stupidest places, like on a foot wide strip of dirt bordered by a sidewalk and the street on the other side! Whoever is on the "tree commission" needs to re-evaluate what types of trees are planted and where they are planted. What would be really nice is if PSE&G buried the lines--but I do love the way they trim the trees, within a few years they die or fall over!(Sarcasm)
Noah Cohen February 23, 2012 at 03:25 PM
PSE&G will only trim trees near their equipment. They did not provide a list of specific locations and could not provide a schedule for Teaneck.
Josh Hosseinof March 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Totally agree - we used to have on our block a tree that was planted in that 1 foot wide strip that was directly under power lines, and 3 or 4 times a year it's branches would cause a power outage. We got a petition of the people on our block to trim back that tree and it was done a few weeks later by the town. However the only way they could trim it to remove it from growing into the power lines was to cut a big V in the middle of the tree branches, so afterwards it looked ridiculous. Meanwhile, the other side of the street with no power lines/poles on it was completely barren of trees.

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