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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?

Angelo February 15, 2013 at 05:13 AM
Video of helicopter trimming: http://youtu.be/1yj5QtFu2RA
Joanne February 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM
I wonder who comes up with these ideas? and how do you get that contraption on and off the helicopter??
L. Mc February 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM
How much does this cost & how is it better compared to the old fashioned way??
Bill Leavens February 15, 2013 at 01:47 PM
It's going to be a bit noisy, but then hand clearing would be noisy for a whole lot longer. Video was pretty cool.
Reality Chuck February 15, 2013 at 02:37 PM
If they maintain the helicopter like they do their power system grid.....I'm hiding in the basement.
Gadfly February 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Seems like this could be very dangerous if there were a hunter in one of those trees.
Hookerman February 15, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Let’s see…. a running chainsaw dangling from a flying helicopter. And if the line holding the chainsaw should back, then the running chainsaw will fall onto whomever is below, or onto someone’s house. Nope, no resident concern there.
MTSO February 15, 2013 at 06:27 PM
The St Marks neighbors on Spring Lane and Ann Road do care about all the noise and danger that comes with these choppers. JCP&L should use their own property near Newburgh Road if that is where they are trimming. Does JCP&L have to get a permit to use a church parking lot as their temporary airport? Is the church getting paid to allow it?
JohnnyR February 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM
One of the dumbest ideas ever !! It's a nice time of year in Aruba - does the mayor plan on leaving town again while this is going on. A disaster waiting to happen.
Liberty February 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Why would there be a hunter in a tree in those areas?! No matter what idea they come up with for trimming trees, someone won't like it. Do you really think they'll hang it over a house, did you read the article? You all want trees trimmed away from power lines---as long as there's no noise or inconvenience or blah, blah.
deb knobelman February 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM
i'm all for techonology and progress, but something about this just sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.
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
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