Jersey Central Power & Light will be maintaining and mitigating tree and vegetation hazards around the power lines and poles, that feed out of the Air Reduction Substation on Mountain Avenue (between Diamond Hill Road and Southgate, in New Providence), to help mitigate power disruptions. JCP&L already worked in town earlier this year on the CSC substation. The Township will submit to JCP&L its own list of hazard trees, especially those along the power lines, to consider for trimming.
Residents may see JCP&L tree contractors walking and driving along the electrical lines and noting what trees need to be trimmed on what properties, the presence of any undesirable brush that may pose an issue to electrical equipment, and any trees that may need to be removed. The primary focus for tree work is for vegetation that is within the Right-of-Way Zone, which is about 15-ft in all directions from the primary power line, although it may be necessary at times to trim a branch a bit further away than that to help the tree grow in a healthy and desirable way, away from the lines. Only trees within this Right-of-Way are eligible to be removed by this process, except in cases where a large tree outside of this range poses a clear and imminent threat to the power lines.
Once this information is collected, JCP&L will notify the property owners of any work that is planned for their property, providing our contact information, answering any questions they may have, and allowing them the option to have the work done privately instead. Once a full circuit has been planned, and all property owners have been notified, the planned route is given to Nelson Tree Company, who then decide upon the order in which the tree work will be done. All tree work done in this process is at no expense to property owners. Nelson Tree company has a projected start to work in the area in August. As we get closer to that time, the Township will post an exact date we will be starting maintenance within the substation service area.
All wood debris that is too large to be chipped (more than 14 inches in diameter) will be cut into manageable lengths and left on the property, as well as leaving the stump cut as low to the ground as possible. JCP&L will convey this to all property owners in which it may be an issue, as to allow them to make an informed decision. Herbicide use is limited to a cut and spray application on brush & vines that are on and around electrical equipment. The primary herbicide used is Garlon 4 Ultra (EPA#62719-527); JCP&L says that its use is made clear to property owners before the work is done, to allow them to make an informed decision.