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Question raised over North Warren trees

September 1, 2010
A Penelec crew recently cut down two trees at Becket Park in North Warren based on safety concerns regarding power lines and it did not go unnoticed. A couple from North Warren recently sent a letter to the editor of the Times Observer questioning the trees’ removal and the motives behind it. The letter can be seen on Page A4 today. “The trees were in the wires,” Conewango Supervisor Chuck Barone explained. “Penelec trims the trees and hired a contractor to take them down with the township’s permission.” Barone said that if the trees had not been cut down, another option would be to cut the branches around the wires but the township was opposed to making the trees into a horseshoe or wishbone shape. When the trees came down, something had to be done with them. According to Barone, the township regularly delivers fill and/or leaves to residents that want them and can put them to use. Barone received part of the trees and another member of the road crew also received part of them. “We received no requests from anyone that wanted them and it had to be cleaned up,” said Barone. One issue that the township has, Barone said, is that residents do not always properly maintain the trees, then they become a problem when branches get stuck in wires or if the tree itself falls in the road. The township maintains that it is not their responsibility to remove the trees, but they will clear the roadway for traffic and emergency vehicles when necessary.


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