Tree Trimmers Cutting Too Close For Comfort

Tree Trimmers Cutting Too Close For Comfort

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Mobile, AL - Looking from this tree--to this tree you can see a huge difference.

“They call that a trim I beg to differ," says homeowner Sara McCoy. She says she yelled at tree trimmers to stop last week as they were cutting away.  It got results.

“That you can say no, if you yell and shout loud enough you will get someone's attention because they don't want you yelling for long,” says McCoy.  She says she got a temporary pause on tree trimming on McPhillips avenue--and after an impassioned speech to the city council there will be more study.

“We take a look at all our rules and regulations pertaining to cutting trees,” says Councilman Fred Richardson.  Another issue to come out of this conflict-homeowners say they face a lot of restrictions when it comes to working on trees on their property from the city.  Alabama power doesn't have nearly as many restrictions.  Beth Thomas with Alabama Power says they work with the city's forestry department.

“To ensure that the work is done in a way that keeps the aesthetics of the tree and also ensures the tree can remain healthy,” says Thomas.  The city has no oversight over decisions made by Alabama Power.

Virginia Guy lives on Bienville Avenue and said she’s upset some trees were severely cut back. 

“This just seems like we're ignoring what the tree looks like, it's just haphazard and real chopped up,” says Guy.  Homeowners say they'd like to have more of a balance between preserving electrical service and preserving the beauty of Mobile's trees.

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