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Neighborhood up in arms about amputated tree limbs

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The secretary of the South Overton Neighborhood Association has concerns that trees are being cut too aggressively.

Robert Brodkin, the secretary for the association, says Asplundh, a contractor for Lubbock Power & Light, has been coming through his historic neighborhood cutting trees.

"Sometimes they're mutilated by chopping off half the tree, and recently the entire trees have been cut down, even when there is no reason for it. And they're not even near the power lines," Brodkin said.

"LP&L should stick to their work and remove branches that are close to power lines, not cutting 20 or 30 feet back from far beyond what's needed," Brodkin said.

Lubbock Power and Light says they could cut less, but it would hurt more.

"We trim trees sometimes a little radical, it looks like, because we have to trim down to a joint on the tree to promote health on that tree to keep it from dying," said electric distribution superintendent Dale Stephens.

"If you just block cut what is 10 feet from the power line then you get sucker growth on the end of that tree. Then the first storm that comes through will break the tree limbs off and its going to kill the tree," Stephens said.

One resident of the area also said her trees were cut on her private property without her permission.

Lubbock Power & Light denied this claim, and they produced the permission slip which was signed by the tenant renting the property.

"We never take a tree down that's on private property without permission signed," Stephens explained.

Asplundh says while they understand the community's concern, the tree cutting is necessary to keep people out of danger.

"Trees can become conductors of electricity, so it's for the benefit and welfare of the whole community to keep the lights on and keep people safe," an Asplundh spokesperson said.

But some neighborhood residents remain unconvinced.

"Were not asking LP&L to be tree huggers," Brodkin said. "We just want them to respect private property and respect trees and allow people the enjoyment they get from living here with all these beautiful trees."

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