Here is where you can expect to see Medina EC crews and contractors frequently during June.
- Crews with Allegiant Utility Services and Lamar Technical Services will be inspecting and updating equipment throughout our service area.
- These crews will be working in the Lopeno area until mid-April and in the Laredo area until mid-June. At that time, they will move into the areas surrounding Batesville where they will be until the end of July. As part of this work, contractors may be photographing Medina EC equipment and poles. Members in impacted areas have been notified by postcards and email, and they will get an email following the work with new account information they may want to record.
- Crews with Linetec are replacing poles and installing equipment in the Pearsall, Big Foot and Frio Town areas.
- Linetec has started replacing poles in the areas south and north of Hondo. This work will continue throughout 2021.
- Crews with Linetec are also replacing 300 poles around Falcon Lake and Lake Casa Blanca. This work began in February and will be complete by the end of 2021. These replacements are part of HB 4150, passed during the 2019 Texas legislative session. Called the William Thomas Heath Power Line Safety Act, this bill specifies that power lines crossing certain lakes, including Falcon and Casa Blanca, must meet clearances mandated by the National Electric Safety Code to have clearances for sail boats by 12/31/2021. Medina EC will be replacing the poles within the floodplain of these lakes with taller ones so our power lines will have the clearances mandated.
- Linetec are pulling wire near the Chaparral Ford, in Devine, on June 18.
- Crews with Linetec will begin work on the Hondo and Bader substations, from Dunlay towards CR 4513, to help make the substations more reliable for members. This project was planned as part of our 2021 work plan. The work will begin in June and will be complete by the end of August.
- Crews with Schneider Engineering will be in the Castroville area staking lines in your area. This work is part of a project to rebuild lines in this area later in the year. This will help the cooperative improve reliability and help meet additional power demands from area growth. Work on staking will occur during the month of June.
Wildlife and Avian Protection:
Medina EC is having a wildlife risk assessment performed on our system. EDM is performing the work on Medina EC’s behalf and its employees are authorized to access MEC facilities during regular business hours from June 12-18. EDM will stay on county roads and will not travel through any closed gates.
Their assessment will be used to put together an avian protection plan which ultimately allows the cooperative to deliver more reliable electricity to members, since many outages on the system are caused by wildlife. Medina EC’s avian protection plan will be managed by our certified wildlife biologist.
Tree Trimming and Vegetation Management Work:
You can learn more about our vegetation management program here.
MEC has several 2021 Vegetation Management projects this year. Work consists of trimming trees for line clearance and brush removal. Contractors and work areas are listed below:
- Cedar Beetle crews are working on right of way projects in the Hondo area.
- Rafter 7 Ranch Construction crews are working on right of way projects in the Hondo/Biry area.
- Pannell Co. crews have started right of way work in the Castroville, Natalia, and Devine area.
- IVM solutions is spraying regrowth in Devine and Natalia areas where ROW work was performed in 2020.
All Medina EC contractors have letters showing that they are an approved contractor along with the dates of the work. If you see someone suspicious, do not hesitate to ask them for their credentials. You may also call our office at 1-866-MEC-ELEC (632-3532) and our staff will verify contractor locations.