Power Line Safety Reeks Havoc on city trees


by Craig Richards, LNNUSA.com

PETERSBURG – For residents taking an evening stroll down Grove street, an afternoon walk up High Street or even a leisurely jog around other parts of town, they will be greeted with the unique trimming styles of safety.


To ensure safety the power company hires contractors to trim branches away from power lines. Understandable. But also predictable. Since this is a necessary requirement and is maintained on an annual schedule, why isn't it better managed - cosmetically? 


That question does not fall on the power company or the contractors hired to make the cuts. The responsibility of making the city appealing and attractive to business and residential investors falls on the city.

The challenge of an interim city management is that their job is to move the city during transition to new management. And with that objective, vision is in short demand. 

So are city manager candidates, as city hall has reported no definitive leads, prospects or timetables in the recent weeks. 

Additionally, the lack of a Director of Economic Development, another position seemingly on the back burner, shows in more areas than new business and industry. It shows in the details of making the city more attractive. 

Residents across the city are making major renovations to their properties. The High Street association just planted new trees along the sidewalks. 

A bad hair cut grows back in weeks or months. But a hack job on a mature tree may never recover. Saving our trees, or at least having a plan to trim them proportionately or in a uniformed manner is a matter of city-wide beautification. 


It takes years and even decades for these trees to develop into the  beautiful works of nature they are. It only takes a minute and a chain saw to destroy them.

The city needs to take an active and strategic move to save another historic part of our city in jeopardy.  Historic buildings falling to neglect will never rise again. Aged, natural wonders will - in about 100 years. 

Focus on historic districts must include more inclusive focus on the entire environment and aesthetics of the neighborhood - especially those parts with decades and even centuries of development. 

If a tree branch falls in Petersburg, does it make a sound? For now apparently not in City Hall.

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