The Asplundh Tree
Expert Company is in Chesterton, trimming its way through town.
John Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune today that Asplundh’s
been at work for the last couple of weeks, on contract to the Northern
Indiana Public Service Company, cutting back the trees which have grown into
the overhead power lines.
It’s been some time
since NIPSCO last sent a tree service company through town--the utility does
it every five to eight years, Schnadenberg said--and in the intervening
years quite a few trees, both public street-trees and private ones, have
gotten themselves tangled in the wires.
The idea is to
reduce the number of power outages caused when high winds and foul weather
bring the limbs down into NIPSCO’s lines, Schnadenberg noted. He added that
the Street Department has received a number of calls from residents
complaining about overly severe trimming. But the wires really have to be
cleared, he said. “It’s been a while and so many trees have grown into the
power lines that they have to cut them out.”
large street-tree--a silver maple at South 15th Street and Lincoln Ave.--was
taken out altogether by Asplundh, and Schnadenberg for one was not sorry to
see it go. “The tree was huge,” he said. “Its limbs were as big as trunks.
We’ve been trimming it ourselves for the last couple of years and had an
estimate that it would cost $3,500 to have it removed.”
Paul Blosser, for his part, calculated that the silver maple in question was
223 years old, based on its diameter of 19.7 feet.
Asplundh is a
multi-national company headquartered in Philadelphia specializing in
tree-trimming for utilities.