Archive for Thursday, January 21, 2010

Westar grants delay in removal of trees

January 21, 2010


The trees in Watson Park have received a temporary stay from the chain saw.

Westar Energy officials on Wednesday agreed to a last-minute request by the city to stop cutting trees in the utility right of way until city commissioners could ask several questions about the project.

Chad Luce, manager of customer and community relations for Westar, said he’ll attend Tuesday’s City Commission meeting to explain why Westar must cut down several trees on the park’s edge.

Luce said he is not optimistic that a solution will be found to save the trees. He said the large, mature trees pose a danger to electrical distribution lines.

The city first confirmed in early December that about 12 trees likely would have to be removed. In late December, city and Westar officials toured the park to determine what trees could be saved.

Commissioners though asked for the delay after hearing some concerns about the operation at their meeting last Tuesday.


LogicMan 8 years, 2 months ago

"Our bill was over $9.00 more this year than last year, even though we used less juice!"

Part of reason for the rate increase, and more to come in the future, is the State's mandate that a significant portion of power come from expensive renewables (wind, etc.). If you disagree, make it public, and take it to the legislature and to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Otherwise, conserve energy and dig deeper in your pockets like the rest of us. :-(

tir 8 years, 2 months ago

I enjoy nice shade trees as much as anyone else, but having suffered through multiple, prolonged power outages in recent years, I would rather see Westar carry on with their work. It's sad that these old trees have to go, but they will be replaced with others that pose less of a threat to the lines. I only wish Westar, the city and individual property owners would do more tree maintenance and make better tree-planting choices to prevent power outages and other problems caused by trees. I live in an older neighborhood, and I only have one tree, out front in the city right of way, but the alley behind my house is jam-packed with trees that have run amok because neither the property owners nor Westar have done much of anything to trim them back from the utility lines or remove dead branches. A lot of them are volunteer trees that no one bothered to remove when they were little seedlings and now they are big, and interfere with the utility lines. (Plus they wreak havoc on the sewer lines, too). Trees can be wonderful assets, but the wrong trees in the wrong places can be a problem.

fhwrightiv 8 years, 2 months ago

Why can't Westar bury the power lines in this area and stop ruining the beauty of the old trees with its drastic trimming?

blackfox 8 years, 2 months ago

Whats better, cut the tress or have no power?

BlackVelvet 8 years, 2 months ago

when Westar had Wright's Tree Butchering service come through our area on E19th, we were told they would "trim" the trees back from the power lines. What they did was more like lopping someone's leg off at the knee to treat an ingrown toenail. Trim the trees my %ss! They butchered the heck out of them.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

In an effort to create stronger social linkages in a poor urban community, the Urban Tree Connection engaged residents of the Haddington area of Philadelphia from 2001 to 2003 to clean up and beautify three neighborhood blocks and turn one into an urban park.

The Urban Tree Connection also developed after-school programs and gardening clubs where neighborhood children learn gardening skills, conduct plant sales, and create and maintain gardens.

The Urban Tree Connection is a non-profit organization that develops community stewards to create healthy neighborhoods in urban settings.

Key Results

* Residents on three blocks devised and implemented beautification efforts. These included renovating front-yard gardens, installing flower containers and adding window boxes on porches.
* The Urban Tree Connection began work on creating a one-block park, called Pearl Street in Haddington. Pearl Street has become the site of major neighborhood events such as a children's Halloween party.
* More than 100 children, ages eight to 17, took part in the Urban Tree Connection's gardening groups — clubs and after-school and summer programs that meet regularly to learn skills and create gardens.

Funding The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a $50,000 grant from June 2001 to May 2003 for the project.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants orchards in the city of Philadelphia that grow healthy food, green spaces and community food security.

POP works with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants. POP provides the plants, trees, and training. Community organizations own, maintain, and harvest the orchards, expanding community-based food production. Orchards are planted in formerly vacant lots, community gardens, schoolyards, and other spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods where people lack access to fresh fruit.

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