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COMMUNITY VOICE

Letter to the editor: Electric company cut trees without notice

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

A couple of weeks ago I came home to find four beautiful Bradford pear trees cut down along side of my home on Tennessee Avenue. When I inquired why from American Electric Power, I was rudely told that the trees were near their wires and since the city owned this property there was nothing I could do about it.

All my neighbors agreed the trees were a long way from the overhead wires and could have been trimmed down. Again when I called I was told that American Electric Power didn’t have time to trim, so just cut them down.

My husband loved trees, so we spent $1,000 to plant these four lovely trees in order to get some nice shade, which we were getting and enjoyed so much. We were not called or notified or we would have been happy to hire a tree trimmer to come and trim the trees at our expense and have saved them. It took 40 years to grow these lovely trees, and with no warning to us, they were whacked down and an awful mess was left.

One large log was left across the sidewalk for over a week. We could not move it, but called three times and were afraid someone would fall and hurt themselves while walking in the dark and not seeing the log. Now (a company) has ground up the roots and left a big mess and they told me there are not responsible for that, so that involves us hiring people to clean that up.

We were told we couldn’t plant any more trees as the roots are there which will prohibit us from trying to plant more trees, which is so sad. Therefore we could try to save these nice trees that we have with a little trimming, but American Electric Power doesn’t see it that way. We are all very saddened by the loss of these trees especially since we paid over $1,000 to get them planted so we could have a little shade and which added to the beauty of our home.

American Electric Power certainly could have notified us so that we could have taken care of them and they certainly were not very cordial or caring on the phone with us. We are not “happy campers” to say the least.

Lillian C. Embick