TXU Electric Delivery Co. has filed suit against Royse City about an incident where a boy was shocked while working community service in the city in February.

Travis Bilyeau had two toes amputated after he was shocked Feb. 26 while carrying a pole that struck a low hanging utility line at the Royse City Public Works Building on Josephine Street. Bilyeau and other people serving community service were asked to move metal long poles located around the site.

Travis was serving community service after he was involved in a fight at Royse City Middle School. He and his family have since moved to Quinlan Independent School District, where Travis attends school as a seventh grade student.

The TXU petition states neither Bilyeau nor the City of Royse City complied with the requirements of chapter 752 of the Texas Health and Safety Code prior to the work being performed by the Bilyeau. That chapter deals with high voltage and clearance of lines.

The law requires anyone responsible for temporary work close to a high voltage overhead line to “notify the operator of the line at least 48 hours before the work begins. Work is not to begin until the “person, firm, corporation or association” and “the owner or operator, or both, of the high voltage overhead line have negotiated a satisfactory mutual arrangement to provide temporary de-energization and grounding, temporary relocation or raising of the line, or temporary mechanical barriers to separate and prevent contact between the line and the material or equipment or the person performing the work, activity or function.”

The TXU petition states that the labor performed at the site involved “carrying metal poles from one end of the property to the other under the clearly visible overhead electric service.”

City Attorney Rebecca Brewer did not return calls by deadline about the suit.

Deanna and Paul Bilyeau have filed suit against TXU Corp. and its subsidiaries and Farmers Electric Cooperative Inc. to recover money that the family has paid in medical bills for Travis and injuries he has sustained from the incident. The petition does not state a specific amount.

The Bilyeau lawsuit against the two electric companies states the defendants “failed to exercise the ordinary care of a reasonable prudent utility company under the same or similar circumstances, particularly with respect to constructing, designing, maintaining and operating the power lines at issue.”

The petition also states the power line did not comply with the clearance requirements contained in Section 23 of the National Electric Safety Code since the electrical lines dropped within 13 to 14 feet from the ground where Travis was working.

A TXU spokesperson did not return calls about both petitions before Monday’s deadline.