From mid-October through December, crews from Osmose will inspect utility poles on the Hartselle Utilities system in the Northeast area of town. This section includes north of Main Street and East of Highway 31.
Crews will inspect and treat approximately 1,300 poles. “During the inspections, customers might see crews in your yard,” says Electric Superintendent Jonathan Hampton.
Over time, decay and wood-destroying insects can cause wooden utility poles to lose their strength. Hartselle contractors inspect and treat every pole within the system every 8-10 years.
This helps identify bad poles before they break. By treating every pole that isn’t bad, it prolongs their expected life span, according to Hampton.