Herbicide Treatments to Begin This Month


Who are those folks?  What are they doing?  
Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) is utilizing a contractor, Alcan Management, to perform herbicide treatments of existing power line easements and rights of way as in years past. Contract crews will be working in easements around the Madisonville area (on lines feeding around parts of Madisonville and east along Povo and Ball Play Roads into the Ball Play Community) and the Tellico Plains area (on lines feeding parts of Tellico, southeast into the Coker Creek Community, and east into the Rafter Community). Also, we will have contract crews working in easements in Greenback (from town southeast into the areas of Thompson Bridge, Howard School, Tomotley, and Big Gully; north of town into areas of Morganton Road, Salem Loop, Hwy 411 North, and around Henry Lane; northwest of town along Hwy 95, East Coast Tellico Parkway, and areas in between toward Lenoir City).  This work will begin in August and last through the end of the summer.  The Cooperative has already left tags or spoken with most landowners about this planned essential maintenance work in the areas aforementioned; this notice is provided to officially inform the general public and others members too. 

The Cooperative is required to maintain the vegetation around its infrastructure in accordance with state and national guidelines and herbicides help us to keep the easements clear of woody vegetation prone to grow underneath and around the power lines.  The contractors will be utilizing vehicles marked with “Contractor for FLEC” while conducting the work.  The work involves these contractors walking out the easements, treating woody vegetation as they go; they wear a backpack and bright clothing that makes them easy to identify as official workers.  They have information on their persons that identify them as a contractor of the Cooperative too.  At no time should any of these contract employees ask to come into your home.  As always, please notify FLEC of any concerns you may have in regard to persons acting on your Cooperative’s behalf.  The Cooperative holds the trust you have of our efforts to a high standard and do not wish to ever violate the high ethical standards we have maintained for the past 82 years.  FLEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer and always strives to be proactive in management actions that promote safe, reliable electric services at reasonable costs to those we serve!

In closing, we thank you for allowing us to provide you safe, reliable and affordable electric service.  Any questions can be addressed by calling FLEC’s offices at 1-877-353-2674, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; please dial ext. 161 and leave a message for our Vegetation Management.  

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