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Tree-Trimming by Helicopter Begins Monday

JCP&L using air attack to rid area of wayward branches, tree limbs.

First it was by land, now it's by air. All that's left for JCP&L is to attempt cutting trees from the water.

Starting Monday, the area's electricity provider will be conducting tree-trimming by way of helicopter, with a series of chainsaws dangling from the air-bound machines.

"I've seen the photos of it," said Washington Township Mayor Ken Short. "It's a pretty incredible sight."

The cutting program will occur along the high-voltage lines in the township, starting near the Newburgh Road area, according to the township. Trimming will be limited to their established right on either side.

The cutting will conclude in the Bartley Road area on or around April 1.

When not in operation, the helicopter will refuel and be maintenanced at St. Mark's Church on Spring Lane.

If cutting comes close to the area of residences, Short said, police patrol will be on the scene to help with traffic and safety measures.

According to the township's website, "Township leadership is fully aware of the activity, and there is no need for any resident concern."

What do you think of the tree-trimming program by way of helicopter? Does it worry you? Do you care how it's done?

LV Taxpayer February 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Compared to the salary, benefits and pension of overpaid union utility workers, this is FAR less expensive.
Cc February 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Oh yeah i could just see my horses freaking out while riding in the woods , that is insane
Gadfly February 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM
There are often hunters in power line right of ways, Liberty. If they own the land, or have permission, and are far enough from homes, there's nothing wrong with it. Btw, a bowhunter only has to be 150 feet away.
The Fun Photographers LLC February 16, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I live on Spring Lane, very close to St. Marks and I agree with MTSO. If JCP&L has the property near Newburgh Road then why not refuel and maintain the helicopters at their own location?
1819 February 16, 2013 at 01:43 AM
April Fools!

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