Friday, August 29, 2008
Mary Ann Stevens and Jerry Baker are two of the neighbors living near 86th Street and Moore Road who say they’ve been notified by IPL that the utility company intends to cut down or prune back trees that are growing within approximately 50 feet of its power lines sometime before the end of the year. Both say while the poles are in the agreed-upon right-of-way, the threatened trees are on their private property and shouldn’t be cut without their permission.
Stevens estimated a large swath of trees along 86th Street from Lafayette Road to I-465 could be affected.
Neighbors say they faced a similar situation with IPL in 2005 that not only left them with fewer trees, but also feeling threatened and bullied by the utility’s emplyees.
When contacted late Thursday afternoon, IPL spokesperson Crystal Livers-Powers said she wasn’t aware of any specific tree-trimming plans for the Traders Point area.
Call Star reporter Robert Annis at (317) 444-5572.