BETHANY >> Representatives of Eversource presented plans Jan. 9 for the next phase of tree maintenance in town to First Selectman Derrylyn Gorski and Deputy Tree Warden John Zovinka.

The electric company customer base in the state includes Bethany and Milford.

The scheduled maintenance program is essential to the company’s ability to prevent power outages caused by falling tree limbs from dead or decaying trees, according to Eversource arborist Erin Baer.

The plan covers trimming or removing trees along utility rights-of-way on property owned by the town and private owners deemed too close to power lines.

It includes all 72 miles of town roads.

Eversource has previously met with Tree Warden Ray Pantalone to lay out the plan for levels of maintenance based on the condition and reach of trees near the lines.

Baer said the process includes:

• Placing information packets on the front door of affected homes in the planned area.

• Getting property owners’ written consent prior to any cutting or trimming.

• Options for disposition of wood or mulch.

• The means to negotiate or appeal proposed trimming or cutting plans affecting the owner’s property.

Details of the Eversource plan, a color-coded road map and copies of the packets are posted on the town website,, under Latest News.

Gorski is urging residents who receive a door hanger from Eversource to respond as soon as possible.

Lewis Tree Service, of New York, has been contracted by Eversource to do the work.