Residents object to 'drastic' tree branch trimming : Local : Times Record News
By Jessica Langdon (Contact)
Friday, June 5, 2009
In the several years since Oncor Electric Delivery has had tree service crews head into some parts of Wichita Falls to trim branches back from high-voltage distribution lines, a companywide policy has increased the number of feet the crews are trimming back from the power lines to 10.
Whether they live in the areas that have seen tree trimming already or they drove along Hampstead where Wright Tree Service crews were working Thursday, several residents have noticed the differences, and reactions branched in several directions.
Richard and Verdell Baer have lived in their home for 24 years and Verdell Baer described the changes as “drastic.”
“It makes them look horrible, but if it has to be done, it has to be done,” she said. She said she’s sure the branches do interfere with the lines when a big storm comes through. However, with the city’s interest in beautification, “this isn’t beautifying,” she said.