PUBLIC NOTICE - MBLP POWERLINE RIGHT-OF-WAY BRUSHING

Beginning Monday, June 5, 2017, the Marquette Board of Light and Power will be brushing power line right-of-ways/easements in Marquette Township. This brushing clears MBLP primary overhead power lines of tree limbs, branches, and associated brush, which ensures continuous/reliable service to our customers while allowing system maintenance to be performed safely and efficiently as needed. Brush, aspen, pine, and other small timber will be chipped and disposed of by the MBLP. All saleable hardwood four (4) inches or greater in diameter will be left along the edge of the road right-of-ways and utility easements until completion of the project. During this period, landowners adjoining the brushed right-of-ways/easements can remove any cut timber for personal use. Upon request, after project completion, remaining timber will be picked up and disposed of by the MBLP. Completion of this brushing project is expected by October 31, 2017.  Any questions regarding the MBLP power line brushing program can be directed to Karl Benstrom, Manager of Distribution, at (906) 228-0309.

 

PRESS RELEASE – TELEPHONE SCAM THREATENING SERVICE DISCONNECTION

The Marquette Board of Light and Power (MBLP) was recently notified by a commercial customer that they had been contacted via telephone and were advised their electric service would be disconnected if they didn’t provide financial or credit card information to make payment within 30 minutes.

This most recent telephone scam was NOT from the MBLP’s office located in Marquette. The phone number reported was from the Houston, Texas area. Our Marquette customer service staff works closely with customers and various agencies to help those who need assistance paying their bills.  If a MBLP employee was to call you, it would be from a local, Marquette phone number.  The MBLP was targeted by a similar phone scam last summer by a caller was from the Detroit area.  In both instances, utility staff notified the Marquette Police Department of the scams.

If you receive a telephone call from anyone threatening disconnection of your electric service from the MBLP, do not provide any financial information, write down the phone number, hang up, and call the MBLP at 228-0311 during regular business hours or after hours seven days a week at 228-0300.  Our phones are answered 24/7 by MBLP employees. MBLP DOES NOT DISCONNECT service over the phone and in all cases the customer is contacted by mail first.