Archive for Saturday, February 11, 2006

Tree expense

February 11, 2006


To the editor:

In regard to the editorial "New greenery" (Jan. 16) and the Public Forum "Protecting trees" (Jan. 26), I certainly hope the tree types such as oaks, maples, gingkos, sweetgums, as mentioned in preference to Bradford pears, weren't planted in the median strip from Crestline to Kasold on Bob Billings Parkway.

There is a 12,000 volt electric line running down that median. If those trees reach that line height, Westar, not the city Forestry or the Parks and Recreation departments, will have to maintain them. That will add to the cost of operation that Westar will pass on to the ratepayer per the recent ruling by the Kansas Corporation Commission. Trees in power lines interrupt service to a wide area, not just the area they are located in. Nights and weekend overtime paid during storm outages also add to the costs.


Ragingbear 12 years, 4 months ago

Those pear trees stink in the spring as well.. And that unique smell is very similer to.. well.. something adult.

Jamesaust 12 years, 4 months ago

Query: why in the 21st century are we still stringing ugly powerlines from giant poles planted in the ground?

Speakout 12 years, 4 months ago

Jamesaust, it is cheaper that is why.

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