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Pole inspections start Nov. 13

Jo-Carroll Energy has contracted with Osmose, Inc. to conduct utility pole inspections and treatment for 2018.

Inspection of the cooperative’s electrical poles is expected to begin Nov. 13. Osmose will have one to two crews working in our service territory, and three or four during some portions of this inspection. They will be inspecting poles on the cooperative’s Palisades Substation. These poles are located generally northeast of Savanna.

Osmose crews will carry an introduction letter from Jo-Carroll Energy, and have been instructed to contact members before entering their property.

Utility pole inspections are a part of the cooperative’s routine maintenance, according to Robert Pelelo, director of operations. Jo-Carroll inspects approximately 10% of its utility poles annually.

Inspectors will travel from pole to pole, digging around each to inspect for rot and insect damage. The process checks the strength of the poles and identifies those that should be replaced. When needed, poles will be treated with a preservation to extend the life of the pole or tagged for replacement.

Osmose also inspects for mechanical damage, loose hardware, rotten or damaged cross arms and other maintenance issues. The crews will install guy guards and repair pole grounds when needed.

Pole maintenance can save the cooperative money by reducing unplanned replacement costs and providing additional years of durable service life to poles.

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