If you’ve been worrying about that hanging branch over nearby power lines or have a tree that’s decided to grow into the power lines above it, DTE Energy crews may be solving those issues in the coming months.
Tree removal crews will be working in the area until September.
“We do this work because trees and branches often bring down electrical wires and poles, causing potential safety risks, as well as severe damage and power outages,” said DTE Energy Vegetation Management Department Manager Joseph E. Robinson.
For the past couple of weeks now, DTE crews have been visually inspecting the area for trees that appear to be a concern. Robinson advised residents to be aware that arborists working with his department may be in people’s yards while performing this work.
“You may see our arborist planners in your hard or neighborhood,” he explained. “They will be wearing yellow DTE Energy vests and carrying ID badges. The arborists will also knock on your door and leave an information tag which will describe the work that will be performed in the area.”
Trees marked with a white dot have been designated for trimming. Those trees that pose a serious risk to local power infrastructure may even be removed if trimming branches isn’t enough to remove the threat that they pose nearby poles and wires, according to Robinson.
He added that all property owners will be contacted and informed if a tree on their property needs any attention and that the work will be done by local tree trimming companies. Those companies are tasked with removing all branches, limbs and other debris as part of their work.
Those who have questions or concerns can contact Robinson at 313-235-4141 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Below is a letter issued to the public through the city of Dexter’s administrative offices. The included map indicates where this work will take place.