Proposed Bill Would Rein in Pepco Tree-Trimming

Tree-trimming top complaint in Montgomery County

By WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio
|  Monday, Apr 16, 2012  |  Updated 9:56 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Proposal Would Rein in Pepco Tree-Trimming

NBCWashington.com

Pepco is cutting trees on the property of the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Md.

In attempts to improve its service, Pepco has undertaken an ambitious tree-trimming program in Montgomery County. Some, however, believe Pepco may have set its sights a little too high.

County council president Roger Berliner said Pepco's tree-trimming efforts are a top resident complaint in the area. He said there is a lot of confusion over what rights private property owners have regarding trees on their land that Pepco wants to trim.

Berliner and a colleague will introduce a bill to deal with that situation Tuesday morning.

"[Residents] will be informed when Pepco knocks on their door and says 'We want to do X, Y or Z to a tree on your property,'" Berliner said. "They will be told what their rights are in respect to that, which includes saying no."

But the bill also includes a change that would benefit Pepco. If an independent investigation determines that a tree on private property poses a "public nuisance" to utility lines, it could be cut regardless of protests from the property owner.

Complete story at wamu.org

Copyright WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio. All Rights Reserved.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
NBC4's Camp4Kids
NBC4 launched Camp4Kids in 1993,... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out