Hydro-Québec begins vegetation control work in Saint-Lazare to improve the quality of electricity service (copy)
Saint-Lazare, August 18, 2017 – In an effort to improve the quality of electricity service and to ensure public safety, Hydro-Québec announced last March that it will undertake a special vegetation control project with the support of the town of Saint-Lazare. The project will run from 2017 to 2019 and involves pruning and cutting down weakened trees or trees growing too close to the electrical system.
In May and June, Hydro-Québec’s forestry technicians surveyed the two sections of the network as part of Phase One of the project for 2017. They identified the work that needs to be carried out, obtained permission from affected landowners and acquired the necessary municipal permits.
The technicians have completed their survey, and work will soon begin in the Saddlebrook and Cedarbrook districts. Hydro-Québec has hired the firm Asplundh to prune and cut down trees from August until the end of 2017.
On August 18, Hydro-Québec Distribution president David Murray and Saint-Lazare mayor Robert Grimaudo met on the field to discuss the results of the survey and observe the start of the work.
Mr. Murray was satisfied with the progress of Phase One and commented, “Thanks to the collaboration of the town of Saint-Lazare and our customers, we are confident that this project will improve the quality of electricity service in the municipality.”
Mr. Grimaudo applauded the positive response of Saint-Lazare residents. “We could never carry out this type of initiative without the full cooperation and leadership of our partner, Hydro-Québec. This project will improve the reliability of the electrical distribution network and make life easier for everyone in the town. I was extremely pleased with the support we received from residents. It is the first project of this type in Québec where a municipality, Hydro-Québec and residents are working together to improve the community. We have set the bar very high for future projects.”
Residents who would like more information about the project should contact Hydro-Québec by calling the Info-project line at 1 877 653-1139 or by visiting the town’s Web site at www.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca/en/hydroquebec.