The City of Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) recently completed a survey of the condition of all 304 cul-de-sac circles in the City. While compiling the data, the BAC identified over 100 cul-de-sac circles in which trees and other landscape material pose an immediate hazard to the safety of residents, and threaten to interrupt electric service.
Data and photos were presented to LCEC and other stakeholders at a BAC workshop. Due to the possible threat these trees pose to service, LCEC agreed to review the findings to determine if the utility could be of assistance in tree removal.
On January 26, 2011 Trish Dorn of LCEC reported that the company has agreed to remove hazardous trees in affected cul-de-sacs. Trees will be removed to the ground and disposed of by LCEC.
Removal of plant material will begin during the week of January 31st, 2011. The company plans to address 3 cul-de-sacs per day. The project will take about 8 weeks to complete. A schedule is posted on the City’s website.
The value of LCEC’s contribution to this project is approximately $23,000, and comes at no cost to City taxpayers.
On behalf of the City and the BAC, Syd Mellinger, BAC Chair, thanked Ms Dorn and LCEC for their assistance. “Time after time LCEC has proved to be a valuable, responsive partner to its customers in the City of Marco Island,” Mellinger said. “Here’s another example of their sterling dedication to keeping the lights on.”