Vernon Residents Upset with Tree Trimming by Electric Company

    Residents in Vernon say their trees are being "hacked down" by arborist hired by American Electric Power Company. While the goal is to cut down limbs that are too close to electrical wires, many residents are quiet upset at the job the tree cutters have done
    According to AEP officials, tree limbs and branches that are on power lines are the main cause of power outages. But if the limbs aren't trimmed, it could not only result in outages but spark fires.
    After the saw dust settles, this is what's behind. Trees left with a deep 'v' in the middle.
    "I think they are being drastically cut back too much because the line, the electric lines that we have," said Wanda Newton, concern homeowner.
     Wanda Newton fears her pecan tree whose branches have intertwined with electric lines is next.
    "I understand why, but like I said before they are just taking it too far," said Newton.
  "We certainly don't want to upset anyone with our tree trimming, we know trees are pretty precious item in West Texas, but there again we have to do for safety and reliability reasons," said Greg Blair, AEP.
    Blair says it's AEP's policy to contact residents to inform them of the work they will be doing on the trees. But according to newton, she and her neighbors have not been given any warnings other than the sounds of saws.
    "I just feel like the damage that is going to be done to them is going to take years for them to come back," said Newton.
     Her husband owns a lawn service, so she feels they already make a conscious effort to make sure their trees are pruned.
    "We do everything we can to keep our bushes, our yard is always neat. And he takes care of the trees and stuff," said Newton.
    Newton's hopes is to make a compromise with the arborist so her grand kids can continue to play in the tree their parents once did.
    AEP says their no one working in the area has been contacted about any of the complaints about the tree trimming, but if you do have a concern contact the forester at (325) 674-7332.

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