UI 'Enhanced Tree Trimming' Subject of Meetings

What Edwards Street in New Haven could look like after the tree trimming is done. Credit: New Haven Garden Club.
What Edwards Street in New Haven could look like after the tree trimming is done. Credit: New Haven Garden Club.

When a serious storm hits — be it a hurricane or blizzard — one side effect is often a loss of power. And few events anger residents more than a prolonged power outage.

And, according to United Illuminating, the main culprit in those outages is trees — both dead and live, positioned around power lines that come down when they do.

So in an attempt to mitigate future occurrences, UI is undertaking an Enhanced Tree Trimming for its Distribution Vegetation Management Program that will virtually wipe out many trees around power lines.

"UI has previously used U or V-shaped directional pruning to run wires through the tree canopy, and reports that it has worked well for average New England weather," acccording to the Garden Club of New Haven's website.

But, the Garden Club believes, the new program will radically change the landscape of the towns UI covers, including Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Hamden, Milford, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven and Woodbridge.

On its website, the Garden Club presents two pictures — one shot of Edwards Street in New Haven before the tree removal, and the second depicting what it would look like afterwards.

"Wholesale removal of healthy roadside trees imposes significant costs  on communities, their residents and businesses," the site says, "due to the loss of the benefits provided by healthy roadside trees."

There's no pledge from UI to replace the healthy trees it removes, it says.

And in Hamden, many are likewise upset at the prospect of the implementation of the program here. There are several meetings scheduled to discuss the issue, including one with UI officials.

The meetings include: 

  • Thursday, Jan. 9 the Whitneyville Civic Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Whitneyville Church, where the plan will be discussed;
  • Monday, Jan. 13 the Dunbar Hill Civic Association will host Jim Cole, the Director of Transmission, Distribution, Operations and Maintenance for United Illuminating, who will speak about the program.  The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Dunbar Hill Volunteer Fire Station, 420 Dunbar Hill Road.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 UI will host a workshop on the program at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Hamden Middle School. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place at Memorial Town Hall but has now been moved to the middle school. The public is invited and will have the opportunity to speak.

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J D C January 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Avery, as long as they are insured properly, have references if you ask, come recommended by someone YOU know and or have an arborist on staff ( not a necessity but YEARS doing it counts) they should know what they are doing. And just because they are reputable doesnt mean they should charge an arm and a leg either. I dont know Shady Wood but the only way you'll have peace of mind is to call and have them come over.
J D C January 27, 2014 at 02:07 PM
And Avery you probably already know this but call more than one or two. Oh and make sure that IF they are going to be working around the service they are certified to do so.
Avery Schlacter March 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Thanks for sharing this with me. I've been looking for a service that can help me remove a stump in my driveway. My friend said I should try checking out this site. <a href='http://www.jandjtreecare.com/services/tree-pruining-trimming/' > http://www.jandjtreecare.com/services/tree-pruining-trimming/ </a>
alena mauer April 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Last time a storm hit my area it was pretty bad. Tree branches and debris were everywhere. I was glad my trees survived the hit. Alena | http://www.jttree.com/Tree_Pruning_Los_Angeles_CA.html
John Bond June 06, 2014 at 10:12 AM
I have a stump in my driveway as well. I tried to get it out myself but it didn't really work. I'm hoping to get someone to help me get it out in Alamo Heights. John Bond | http://www.thetreeguysoftexas.com/contacts.php


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