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Victor angered over RG&E tree trimming

Bill White said this was a terrible hack job. Its an arboristic abortion is what it is, White said, Its the worst tree trimming Ive ever seen and Ive trimmed a thousand of them.

Supervised by RG&E certified arborists, contractors clear about 1,200 miles of the companys power lines each year. According to an RG&E spokesperson, tree contact is the number one cause of outages and disruptions.

Last week, contractors worked on the historic Maple Avenue and Main Street in Victor.
Its called Maple Avenue, White said, The only thing that distinguishes it from School Street or any other road in Pittsford and Fairport is they maple trees.

With large bites of branches missing from the mature trees that line the eastside of Maple Avenue, Mark Tickner said, There just should have been more oversight considering where it was and what was being done.

While Tickner understands why they had to clear the power lines, he said the tree trimmers went way too far. I was in shock how they were cutting back, Tickner said, And there was nothing you could do it was too late, it was already done.

A 25-year resident, Tickner said the heavy pruning has completely changed the face and feel of his neighborhood. Maple Avenue is because of the trees and without the trees this isnt Maple Avenue, said Tickner.

RG&Es spokesperson said in order to meet clearance regulations, a fair amount of vegetation had to be removed from that area.

It isnt like you can glue the stuff back up there once it gets cut down, Tickner said, We have to live with what we have and the future will see how they hold up and what will happen to the trees.

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