If that lovely shade tree in your yard has crept a little too close to the power lines, it’s due for a trim this summer as Central Maine Power prepares to tackle 50 miles of routine line maintenance in Belfast. For those who would have a say in how their trees are trimmed, CMP is keeping a list of residents who wish to be consulted before trimming begins on their property.

To get on the list, fill out a form on CMP’s Web site:cmpco.com/usageandsafety/treecare/default.html, or call 800-750-4000 to have a form mailed to your home.

According to Kris Spiegel of CMP, trimming in Belfast will involve two circuits, measuring 23 miles and 30 miles. Work crews from ABC Professional Tree Services will be instructed to trim a minimum of eight feet to the sides of power lines and 15 feet above. Trimming below the power lines will vary according to whether the area has been landscaped.

CMP has yet to produce a map of the areas that will be affected, but has released a list of streets that are slated for trimming.

These include: Banks Road, Rolerson Road, Shepard Road, Waterville Road, West Waldo Road, Head of the Tide Road, Poors Mill Road, Oak Hill Road, City Point Road, Kaler Road, Robbins Road, Patterson Hill Road, Toads End Lane, West Swanville Road, Swan Lake Avenue, Back Searsport Road, Whittier Road, Mill Lane, Stephenson Lane, Ryan Road, Searsport Avenue, Old Searsport Avenue, High View Terrace, Mitchell Street, Eldorado Street, Blacks Landing, Fairview Street, Harbor View, Route One Bypass, Field Street, Church Street, Northport Avenue, Cedar Street, Elm Street, Penobscot Terrace, Mayo Street, Condon Street, Race Street, Ocean Street, North Ocean Street, Sea View Terrace, Fahy Street, Huntress Avenue, Dockside Lane, Shoreland Drive, Battery Road, Hazeltine Road, Seaside Drive, Tozier Street, Perkins Road, Herrick Road, Woods Road, Cobb Road, Airport Road, Little River Drive and Congress Street.

Spiegel said crews would also be trimming between the main power lines and the service drop at residences. In these areas, workers will be directed to cut a two-foot window around the cables.

Responding to concerns from members of the Belfast City Council on March 2, Spiegel said that ABC workers would consult with the Belfast tree warden in cases where limb removal could endanger the health of the tree. He added that crews would not “ground cut” trees in landscaped areas under power lines. In rural areas, however, the utility’s practice is to cut growth below the power lines all the way to the ground.

City Councilor Roger Lee voiced concern that a number of naturally short trees planted in the city right of way, directly beneath power lines by the organization GreenStreets! would be cut. Spiegel took note.

CMP Spokesman John Carroll said there was no deadline to get on the tree consultation list, but he said there might be a two- to three-week lag between the time of registration and when word got to the work crews.

“We hope people understand it’s not instantaneous,” he said. “If we’re cutting on your street, don’t go running to the phone to get on the list. Come outside and say, ‘I want to talk to you.'”

CMP and ABC are currently at work on a circuit that begins at a substation in Brooks and reaches into Knox, Jackson, Dixmont, Monroe, Swanville and Winterport.