Published on August 19th, 2015 |1
Coalition, Ga. Power partner to proactively cut dangerous tree risks
residents or cutting power service to entire Buckhead neighborhoods.
Coalition President Sam Massell observed that leaning trees—many caused by the excessive amount of rainfall this season–could cause harm to persons and property beyond normal expectations.
Massell said, Georgia Power, “in a civic gesture, has pledged extraordinary time and talent to take the necessary steps to protect against these risks with help from the 45 neighborhood civic associations in Buckhead.”
Massell explained, “Leaning trees may not only hurt individuals and real estate, falling across power lines can cause loss of electricity to entire neighborhoods.”
Letters explaining the free service have been mailed to each head of the 45 Buckhead neighborhood associations, along with survey forms to identify problems needing attention. The results of this survey will be inventoried and mapped by the Coalition.
Although Georgia Power normally exercises a periodic tree pruning schedule to avoid loss of electrical power, this partnership with the Buckhead Coalition provides wider attention to potential problems, which Massell notes is a favor beyond the contract.
For this, Massell thanks Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power and a director of the Coalition, and adds, “Whenever the Coalition can find a way to partner with a major business serving Buckhead, we are pleased to make it happen.”
Massell has long been an advocate of maintaining Buckhead’s tree canopy. He continues going back to talking about the rolling, wooded lands of Buckhead. But he says, “Electricity even comes before that.”
When Massell was a city alderman—before becoming mayor—he was responsible for a city ordinance that requires replacing trees that are cut down.
Not waiting for all of the surveying data to be submitted and mapped, one tree is scheduled to come down this week, fronting Piedmont Center North at 3579 Piedmont Road, NE.