Public safety, system reliability and cost control are important to the Marquette Board of Light and Power. Trees and tree limbs coming in contact with high voltage power lines are a serious safety concern, a leading cause of power outages, and add to the cost of providing electric service. To minimize the number of tree related incidents, the MBLP utilizes a right-of-way maintenance program. This involves removing and trimming of trees and clearing of underbrush in the transmission and distribution line right-of-ways.
The program takes place along transmission and distribution line right-of-ways and easements only. Trees over service lines (lines connecting a customer's house or business to the pole) are the responsibility of the property owner. Where trees present an immanent and clear danger to the system or the public, the MBLP will, at the request of the property owner, trim or remove trees. The request must be made via the Tree Trimming Agreement or Tree Removal Agreement which must be submitted to our Distribution Office located at 2200 Wright Street in Marquette. Trees must be clearly identified by color-coded ribbons which are available from the Distribution Office.
It is the policy of the MBLP to brush our entire system on a 6 year, rotating cycle. Our system is divided into 6 separate areas not including the City of Marquette. Each of these areas outside the city is brushed once every 6 years.
Customers in the area where brushing is scheduled will receive notification via a message in their monthly statement as well as a notice in the Mining Journal. Yearly brushing projects typically start in early July and run through late October.
You can also get information regarding avoiding tree and utility conflicts at this website.
Maintenance Program Guidelines
For additional information, contact the Distribution Department at 906-228-0300.