We got word from First Energy that it’s time to cycle back through Kent (along with 100 other Ohio communities) to clear a safe zone around power distribution lines from overgrown tree branches and diseased trees which pose a risk to knocking out power.
Routine tree trimming around power lines is one of those thankless jobs that gets performed on a 4 year cycle by First Energy but unless there’s been some recent storm activity that caused power to go out, it can be painful to watch some of our favorite street trees receive the dreaded V-cuts or worse yet, get removed entirely.
Kent loves it’s trees so no matter how careful or sensitive the tree trimmers try to be, they’re messing with a beloved part of the community and that tends to raise the ire of folks around town.
But come storm time, when high winds are rattling windows and snapping limbs, those tree trimmers are unsung heroes who managed to stay a couple of steps ahead of mother nature so that when we needed power most, we had it.
After a storm event, tree trimming is an easy sell but as part of a routine maintenance program it can be harder to swallow.
Trees are a high priority in Kent and we share the discomfort of watching the utility crews work their way across town around the power lines but we also take the calls when the power is knocked out and we send our City crews out after storms to help clear streets, yards and power lines as quickly as possible because power can be a matter of life safety.
Tree trimming is a lot like eating healthy and exercising. We understand the importance but it’s still hard to do. Please try to keep that in mind as First Energy works to keep us, and our trees, safe and healthy this summer with their annual tree trimming program.
Here’s the details from First Energy: