Winterville Cracking Down On Transformer Shrubs

If you live in Winterville and have shrubbery or fences surrounding those green electrical boxes in your yards, you might want to remove them soon.

The town recently sent out notices to homeowners that they have until the end of February to remove obstructions to their electrical transformers, or they'll be removed and thrown away.

Many property owners have planted shrubs or bushes to hide the transformers, even though the town says they are marked with decals that tell property owners that obstructions must be 10 feet away from sides with doors, and three feet from the other sides.

The town says the shrubs need to be removed because they will be conducting maintenance on the transformers in the coming months. Residents we spoke with today are not very pleased with the town's crackdown.


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  • by Linda Location: Winterville on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:30 AM
    TO all people that replied to my post.....I do not have a transformer in my YARD....I just think the town has no right to do what they are doing, I know the subdivision they have pictured. So that is freedom of speech, don't like it, don't read it!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to Linda
      We too exercised our right of free speech, so don't get all high and mighty. The town has a perfect right to do this since it's THE TOWN's transformer. now be a good little subject and put your head back in the sand.
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      by George on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:49 AM in reply to Linda
      There she goes being a silly twit again. Linda, Linda, Linda....the town has every legal right to maintain anything located within their easements.
  • by rapper Location: wilson on Feb 8, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    I say mow 'em all down and install concrete pads around the transformers for ease of access.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:15 AM in reply to rapper
      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Bright Side on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    Look at the bright side it is better looking than Greenville's pole's and power lines. Plus the power rarely goes out during a storm unlike Greenville's old system. If you wanted to cover it up you should have bought across the street.
  • by stevo on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:17 PM
    r wilson ,,u know something about linework brother
  • by stevo Location: johns on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    yea, i will bet i work for a utility and we will mow them down if need so,,,,,,,,,,,sorry charlie,,,,,,nothing u can do
  • by CC Location: Wayne on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:41 PM
    I believe if that transformer catches on fire, blows up or worse if someone falls into it, you will be asking WHY it took so long to fix the problem. My husband deals with transformers daily. Wake up people these big green boxes are dangerous. But they don't seem to bother anyone when their a/c, heat, TV, computer, etc. are working.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    GEEE fools, what don't you understand?you don't own the land that the transformers sit on, it's on the city's easement, and that gives them the right to tell you to move your weeds or lose them. Unless you just don't want power, then by all means keep them right there. you people are getting sillier and sillier by the minute!
  • by R Wilson Location: Vanceboro on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    People need to understand there is voltages from 7200to14000 volts digging is very dangerous and the lineman have to have room to use there safety equipment.
  • by 40some on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:54 PM
    Hope I get the bid on that fat contract! $125 per shrub.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:16 AM in reply to 40some
      too cheap man, go at least $200 a plant, unless it's a complainer then make it $300 plus 10% for tolerence.
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Feb 8, 2012 at 02:07 PM
    Is this city sure that they own an easement for underground utilities? If is assumed that a road easement also confers underground rights. Fight theses shrub nazi's.
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