Tree Trimming Update from Jerry Baker

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

To all members of the Regulatory Flexibility Committee, and other
interested parties:
Thank you to all of the Committee members for taking the time to give
consideration to the matter of tree trimming practices by electric
utilities in the state.
Reflecting on the meeting of Thu. Oct 19th, virtually the only
position taken by utility representatives was a defense of the fact
that they have to trim trees back to protect electric lines. All of us who came to raise concerns about the matter understand and
accept that fact. What we wanted to bring attention to is: how they
do it ( Are they adhering to set standards ? ),
where they do it ( Do they really have the right? ), how much they
remove (is it really necessary?), how they behave when while doing
it, and the fact that we have no place to take
cases of damages to our property for judgement or compensation.
After listening to all the utility speakers that day, It seems likely
that most of our concerns will be found in urban settings, and
probably all of us who spoke are customers of IPL.
It was of great interest to me that no basic concern raised by us was
refuted during the afternoon session.
Please,we all hope you will continue to consider our positions and
complaints. Correcting improper treatment of private property, and
it’s owners really is the “greater good”.
Following are several photos of tree removal from inside the ROW in
my area, a possibly outdated IPL cutting chart — It can only get
worse –and, keep in mind that in 2005 we were told
that the removal inside the ROW would be all the way to the ground —
and the text of my comments from the meeting.
Thank all of you again…
Jerry Baker

About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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