NYSEG: Tree trimming 'our responsibility'

By Jillian Marshall

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) About a month ago, some residents on Binghamton's west side were shocked to see what a power company did to the trees outside their homes.

NYSEG was simply trimming around the power lines, but some of those residents said what was left behind was an eyesore and a hit to their property values.

NYSEG met with the community Tuesday to explain and receive feedback on future pruning.

New York State Gas and Electric held a Vegetation Management Presentation at Binghamton High School.

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, city officials and the community packed the cafeteria to hear about the trimming that some say destroyed their streets.

NYSEG says 26 miles have been trimmed in the city so far this year, and they still have a few more miles to go.

NYSEG says they are working toward a cycle where they will prune every five years so the effects aren't as dramatic as residents said they were this year.

NYSEG said it's their responsibility to maintain the power lines, and part of that is trimming back the trees.

NYSEG representatives said Tuesday because of previous storms like Superstorm Sandy and new regulations that followed, trees needed to be cut back10 feet from the power lines instead of five.

"I'm not sure I can speak to how they should trim the trees," said west side resident Charlie Ackerman. "I don't know much about trimming trees, but I know what ugly is and what they do to our community is ugly."

NYSEG says they are talks with the city about what trees can be planted around the power lines so it won't interfere with the electric wires.

"From this point forward we need to make smart decisions so we don't put trees in that will grow into the wires again, so that we don't have to cut out some trees," Ryan said. "We will replace them with trees that will create a nice shade canopy, but will never reach the wires that we have to keep them away from."

To learn more about the presentation from Tuesday night, click here.

Also, for more information on tree pruning, check out Trees Are Good and Arbor Day.

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