UI Pulls Back on Tree Removal Program

There will be more discussion about a controversial tree removal program before United Illuminating commences any action, according to its vice president for Electric System Operations.

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"When our customers speak, we listen."

And many of their customers have been very clear: they don't want United Illuminating to go forward with its "Enhanced Tree Trimming" program.

The program involves removing trees that surround utility poles in an effort to lessen outages during storms such as the ones that have hit the area in the last several years.

"Although many customers expressed support for the program’s overall goals, many also raised concerns about its potential impact on roadside trees and the character of neighborhoods," UI said in a release Tuesday.

“Our customers spoke and we listened. We heard what they had to say,” said Joseph D. Thomas, vice president for Electric System Operations at UI. “As a result, we have asked the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to hold a technical meeting so that PURA, UI and other interested parties can discuss the concerns we’ve heard from many of our customers, while also dealing with the initial objective of reducing tree-related outages.”

At that meeting, the discussion will include alternatives to taking down trees within eight feet of electrical lines, Thomas said.

Many Hamden residents voiced strong objections to the plan when it became known in recent weeks, forming the group "Save Hamden Trees." Many of those spoke at a Jan. 15 forum held at Hamden Middle School with UI officials, urging them to reconsider the plans.

On Monday, a Legislative Council committee approved spending up to $25,000 to hire an arborist to work with UI to determine which trees are appropriate for removal. The full council will act on the proposal Monday.

In the release, Thomas said that UI is "sensitive to customers’ and neighbors’ concerns, and will continue to work with local tree wardens, elected officials, community organizations and others to ensure that the program is conducted with transparency, and is appropriate to the neighborhood’s needs."

J D C January 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Len I need an electrical supply house but thanks. And why would I hire an electrician just to get the part, an Orangutan can clip the connectors together? Dude YOU must be pretty affluent! lol
J D C January 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Hey PM, I think your name has gone to your head and you are the one that's "delusional", I had one mother so you need to give it a break.
J D C January 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Linda your right they are the best, I just thought there was one closer to me. I will try them, maybe I'll be surprised and if they dont have them I'll go to Atlantic, its on the way, thanks.
Thomas Alegi January 30, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Professive Mon, In the English language 2 negatives equal a positive, there for negative ridiculous and negative delusional equals “Take a break Professive Mon” LOL
J D C January 30, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Thomas, are we not allowed to BANTER anymore because we're being grounded here by MOM? LOL
J D C January 30, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Next we'll hear "NO MORE ROUGHHOUSING IN HERE U TWO"! "GO OUTSIDE"! hehehe C'MON MOM, pleeeeaaaase
Professive Mom January 30, 2014 at 04:04 PM
mom is very busy and I don't have time for your bickering - but just wait till your father gets home. No, Thomas, remember we talked about this last week - two negatives do not equal a positive - just like two wrongs don't make a right. Now both of you - go outside and climb a tree.
Len January 30, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Cant climb trees mom. Len cut them all down. I made sure i didnt miss any in the spring glen ghetto
J D C January 30, 2014 at 04:10 PM
LMAO hahahahahahahaha
Thomas Alegi January 30, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Dear Mom, I do recall the comments of last week, but this week I was writing about in the English language, 2 negatives equal a positive. Mom, Sears is running a TV AD buy one pair of eye glasses and receives the second pair of eye glasses free. Mom I am so sorry I can’t help you pay for the eye glasses, because two negatives do not equal a positive as you stated in your above comment and I sure don’t want to prove your logic wrong Mom! Mom, can I bring JDC over for dinner? LOL
Professive Mom January 31, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Thomas, if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, 2 negatives should never be used at all, it doesn't equal a positivie except in multiplication. IE> You cannot invite JDC over for dinner because he secretly uses bad language and you cannot invite Len over for dinner because he doesn't respect people who live in the ghetto. See - nothing positive about it. And who gets their eyeglasses from Sears? When I was a little girl - my father brought me to get my first eyeglasses (not from Sears); on the way back I first noticed the beautiful detail of the leaves on the trees. (now, I'll need a telescope)
Len January 31, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Im going to drive thru dunbar hill area and check out the tree trimming today. Im very excited :) its like going to look at christmas lights. Must be so beautiful
J D C January 31, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I SECRETLY use bad language Mom? I always knew HE was your favorite but NOW you MAKE THINGS UP? You have HURT me MOM, I HATE you!!!!! I'm telling Pops about "UNCLE" Joe who always comes over when he's at work TOO! lol I'm going to cut some tree's down now..........
J D C January 31, 2014 at 09:32 AM
With LEN
Len January 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM
JDC, so funny, you got me laughin hard.
Len January 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I just drove around the dunbar area alittle. Im not impressed. I didnt see much action at all, maybe i missed it. Sacred Heart cleaned up their trees real nice though. Looks great
Linda C January 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Time to bring in the Big Guns - Animal Rights! There have been multiple sightings of Bald Eagles in Hamden over the past year - seeing that they are protected and need trees to live in - guess they cant cut them down! lol
J D C January 31, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Hey Len, I KNOW the guys REALLY WELL that used to do SH's tree's!
J D C January 31, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Linda C. ANOTHER Ace in the hole-well played C, well played!
Len January 31, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Lotta property there to maintain
Len January 31, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Thomas Alegi January 31, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Dear Mom, you hurt JDC and Len’s feelings by not asking them to come over for dinner. Mom let me remind you what Albert Einstein wrote, that has been proven correct time and time again. If A is success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut. 2 positives equal a negative. LOL
Len January 31, 2014 at 04:46 PM
To quote a very funny man "LMBO"
J D C January 31, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Good thing's HE'S the algebratician in the familia eh? Yeah and ALOT of tree's in there TOO! YIPPEEEEEE....... FOUR.............
J D C January 31, 2014 at 04:54 PM
We are going to scheme to Throw MOMMA from the PATCH!!!!! hehehehe
Linda C February 03, 2014 at 01:37 PM
JDC did you read the article in today's register about how HAMDEN"S Financial situation being WORSE Than DETROIT? A 32 % mill increase since Jackson was elected and if you think it's over - boy are you mistaken!! Seems he was slightly off on his figures when he Bonded the Pension Fund - only by Half! So whatever you thought the taxpayers would have to pay annually - DOUBLE that - I believe it came out to just below 7k annually. Oh and a REAL shocker - the Hamden retirees have one of the most lucrative retirement packages seen in years! WAKE UP HAMDEN - BANKRUPTCY IS ON YOUR DOOR STEP - YOUR GREED WILL GET YOU 25 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR IF YOU'RE LUCKY WHEN THE COURTS GET THROUGH WITH THIS TOWN!! PLEASE SOMEONE BUY MY HOUSE BEFORE THE TAX BILLS COME OUT IN JULY!!! HOW'S THAT VOTE FOR JACKSON SITTING WITH YOU NOW?
J D C February 03, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Linda C, your kidding yourself if you think you'll get a TRUTHFUL answer to that! They STILL think him and Oblunder are GOOD! LOL
J D C February 03, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Jackson went to Hamden public schools right?
Linda C February 03, 2014 at 01:54 PM
I don't know everyone has their price - guess we will see just how much they're willing to pay before they cry Uncle!! lol Someday they might even realized we weren't bitter - just RIGHT!!
Linda C February 03, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Of course - you've seen his MATH SKILLS!


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