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Clearing The Way Board of Directors

Mark Carson Chairman, District 2

01950 Anderson Rd., Boyne City, MI 49712 231-675-0561 •

John LaForge Vice-Chairman, District 9 7363 Walters Rd., Delton, MI 49046 269-623-2284 •

Paul Schemanski Secretary, District 1

Bill Scott, Great Lakes Energy President/CEO

One of the many things that make our state beautiful is the abundance of trees. Many of us have childhood memories of climbing tree branches or have found relief under the shade of a tree on a hot summer day. And while it doesn’t give us joy to see one cut down, the nature of our business requires annual removal of trees that threaten our lines and the reliable electrical service we provide to your home.

Tim Brechon Director, District 8

Trees are the most common cause of power outages to our members. None of us likes going without power so, to give you the reliability you deserve, our vegetation management department performs routine maintenance of trees and other vegetation. With over 11,000 miles of overhead lines, trimming takes place on a seven-year cycle. Kevin Lockman, the supervisor of vegetation management, explains in this issue the details and importance of this process.

Paul Byl Director, District 7

We are committed to only trimming what is necessary to protect your safety and prevent disrupted service. Small actions on your part also help. Here are a few suggestions:

5974 Stolt Rd., Petoskey, MI 49770 231-439-9079 •

Larry Monshor Treasurer, District 4 1541 Thumm Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735 989-705-1778 • 22322 220th Ave., Paris, MI 49338 630-379-6218 • 9941 W. Buchanan Rd., Shelby, MI 49455 231-861-5911 •

Richard Evans Director, District 3 11195 Essex Rd., Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-883-3146 •

Dale Farrier Director, District 5

2261 Wheeler Lake Rd. NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646 231-564-0853 •

Robert Kran Director, District 6

7380 N. Tuttle Rd., Free Soil, MI 49411 231-464-5889 •

President/CEO: Bill Scott 888-485-2537

Communications Director/Editor: Lacey Matthews 231-487-1316

Boyne City Headquarters 1323 Boyne Ave., P.O. Box 70 Boyne City, MI 49712 Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. M–F Phone: 888-485-2537 Email:

To report an outage, call: 1-888-485-2537 Change of Address: 888-485-2537, ext. 8924 Great Lakes Energy is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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• Never plant a tree or shrub next to meters or transformers (the green boxes). • Use proper planting methods when planting trees (see our Tree Planting Guide below). • Before you dig, call Miss Dig (dial 8-1-1 or to avoid harm from underground wires. • If you see a tree endangering a powerline, contact us right away and do not attempt to remove it yourself. Removing trees near or from power lines can be very dangerous. Call us at 888-GT-LAKES (485-2537) or email if you have questions, concerns, or comments. Our certified arborists/utility specialists are available to assist you. More information is available at

Tree Planting Guide 50' 40' 30' 20' 10' 0'




30' Small Tree Zone: Trees less than 25' tall/spread at least 25' from line


50' Medium Tree Zone: Trees 25'–40' in height/spread at least 40' from line


70' Large Tree Zone: Plant trees larger than 40' in height/spread at least 60' from line

Profile for Country Lines

March 2019 GLE  

March 2019 GLE