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Is National Grid ‘uglifying’ neighborhoods?

Is National Grid ‘uglifying’ neighborhoods?

by Joseph KisselJuly 12, 2016
Resident Fiala to National Grid:
"Your trimming is terrible!"

“There is a problem in our city with our beautiful old trees,” said Natalie Fiala at the July 7th North Tonawanda City Council meeting.

“Our city has allowed the power company to chop off branches that they deem are in the way of their power lines with no input from the family that lives there. This procedure has become a horrendous problem because they only trim the branches that surround the cable. They do not trim any branches near your house, hanging over your roof or hanging way down over the sidewalk.”

“Because the trees are in older neighborhoods, and some are very old trees, the branch reach way above the power lines, and when National grid makes these severe cuts, the remaining branches extend far above the wire. Many trees now, at the point of separting, are a huge U shape with the line through the middle, and it looks terrible.”

About The Author
Joseph Kissel
Joseph Kissel is a journalist, editor and photographer. He is also the Vice President of the New York Coalition for Open Government, a non-partisan, non-profit group that advocates for transparency and the public's right to freedom of information.