Pole Inspection Crews in Cumberland, Putnam, Polk, and Fentress Counties
Crews from Southeast Woodland are conducting power pole inspections for Volunteer Energy Cooperative. The crews, which typically consist of four to five members in pick-up trucks and sometimes on ATV four wheelers, carry VEC Contractor identification. Pick-up trucks also display VEC contractor identification.
These inspections allow VEC to identify poles that may need replacement and to identify problems before they result in power outages.
Inspectors are finishing their work in Cumberland County in the vicinity of the hospital, Lantana Road, Myrtle Avenue, Highway 70 East, and Webb Avenue.
In Putnam County inspectors will be working in the area of Perdue Farms. In Polk County crews are finishing work in the Highway 411N, and Reliance areas.
They are about to start work in Fentress County in the area of Pickett Park.
Nine years ago VEC began an aggressive pole inspection program in an effort to spot deteriorating poles and older equipment. Since beginning this project VEC has replaced about 12,000 older utility poles and the cooperative is working toward a goal of inspecting 100% of the poles every 15 years.
It is not necessary for customers to be home during the inspections and power will not be affected.