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Les...fortunate    Posted 12-19-2002 at 15:19:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I work for an electric co-op. We have had some contractors rebuilding a line up by a dairy farm. The lady farmer had a big cow that was down for a couple days. These contractor linemen were trying to help her out, get the cow comfortable.
Well, while they were right there, the cow expired. The lady was very distraught. Those linemen used their digger derrick and helped butcher that animal and at least save something out of the situation.
They didn't have to do that at all. It surely was not something they contracted for. I'm sure that those unfortunate folks will never forget that experience and will appreciate it for the rest of their lives.
BTW, the landowners along that road had been very helpful to us, allowing us to relocate the line from the woods to the road. This resulted in us having to cut hundreds of trees and we couldn't have done it without their cooperation.

bob    Posted 12-20-2002 at 14:56:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
seems like it don,t make a difference if a coop or private utility. I worked for thje largest in the state and at that time was just like a big family . along came the first merger and no free ;lighting piolets in the fall Second merger More cutbacks and workers would have to do service work on sly for a customer Now after changing ownership All a customer means is just send check, At one time I would have put our company up with any one for service but BIGGER IS NOT BETTER. Or is a private better than co-op or viceverse. WE will never have what we had again

Hogman*********We are well pleased with Our CO-OP    Posted 12-20-2002 at 03:37:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most if not all the people that work in Our neighborhood live in it. The same right of way Contractor has been with Them for a long time,knows most of Us,knows where They can leave equipment without askin and where They can get rid of chips with a short haul.

Of course We do have some fecal-crainial bodys on both sides as might be expected but all in all it's tha greatest. A far cry from some big electric companies and bureaus.

Dennis    Posted 12-19-2002 at 20:27:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Umpopular question:
Wouldn't it make more sense to have all the tree growth below the elevation of the lowest powerline, to prevent possible line damage from tree limbs during storms and line breakage due to trees being blown down?

What makes more sense...    Posted 12-20-2002 at 05:26:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Would be to bury all the lines...but no one wants to pay for that with higher electric prices...

Here in our county, the towns all have 'bylaws' that make the power company do the 'lowest' impact work, meaning that if a line is an 'eyesore' it 'should' be buried...then the Power Company comes to the town select board for permits and gets shot down...they revamp the plan...and give the board the price of buring the line and what it will mean to the voters in higher power costs...and the board will mysteriously approve the original above ground work against their own bylaws....

Les    Posted 12-20-2002 at 03:08:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
That would mean that you would need poles that were over 100' tall.

Ana    Posted 12-19-2002 at 15:48:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
We belong to a electric co-op too, and the respect goes both ways. The workers are very nice, friendly, and helpful. The office workers are the same. I always leave feeling good whenever I need to talk to any of them. Before we moved here we had a city company, and they were not like this at all. I think Co-ops are the last of the way things used to be.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-19-2002 at 20:07:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ana, I'm happy for you and Les. I wish I could say the same for our co-op. From what they print in their magazine, you'd think they were the best thing to come along since Jesus.

Les    Posted 12-19-2002 at 16:18:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wish all of our members felt like you do. Many of them do but, to most of them, we're just their electric company and it wouldn't matter whether we're a Co-op or not.
We have about 80 thousand members so it's pretty big for a co-op. Since I'm in the business of keeping the right of way cleared, we have to cut trees on other people's property. Not many days go by but what we have made somebody ugly. Dealing with that is part of my job.

Ana    Posted 12-20-2002 at 07:15:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know what you are talking about. There's a lot of development in our area (suburbia is coming!) and I am shocked at what some of these country people say when they are asked about running the water line or power line across their property so somebody down the road can have utilities. They say "How much you going to PAY me?" ! It's MONEY! Then they say, "Not enough." And some of these are people that are supposedly good Christians. What happened to "love thy neighbor."? But let me admit, most people do as I did and didn't charge a penny, just said, put the fences back when you get done. I was surprised about which ones are still holding out for more money. They had to give up and go around one of my neighbors. Amazing!

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