Inquirer: Troublesome tree taken care of ... Well almost all of it

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 22, 2013 

Mike Owen/mowen@ledger-enquirer.comA chunk of a tree limb remains suspended by a utility pole guy wire embedded in the wood. You'll recall last week this was a potentially dangerous tree near Jordan High School. Nothing is left but a stump cut down to ground level ... and a chunk caught in the wire.

We've got a couple of updates to revisit this week, and one of them is something I haven't come across before.

You'll recall last week a Concerned Reader told us about a potentially dangerous tree near Jordan High School. It had some dead limbs hanging over the street in an area where students walk to and from school.

A call to Pat Biegler with Public Works, which includes the Urban Forestry and Beautification Division, revealed they had not gotten a report about the tree, but their urban foresters had noticed it while out patrolling and it was on the list to be taken down, pretty much immediately.

So I was not at all surprised when I rode by late last week and saw the tree was gone. Well, almost all of the tree was gone. There was nothing left but a stump cut down to ground level … and a chunk of limb about 2-3 feet long and about eight inches across suspended in the air about 10 feet off the ground.

WTH?

On closer inspection, it appears that the limb must have been in contact with a Georgia Power Co. utility pole guy wire for years, because the limb had grown around it.

So I called Biegler back and asked her what's up, aside from 100 pounds or so of oak.

She said the limb had indeed grown around the wire and, since it's a Georgia Power Co. guy wire, they would have to handle it. She said the city has contacted the power company and they'll take care of it.

Having dealt with Georgia Power on numerous Inquirers, I can tell you they don't waste time when something needs attention, so I'm confident they'll have the problem rectified ASAP.

As opposed to AT&T, which still hasn't tended to the aged and decaying utility poles on Veterans Parkway that we wrote about back in October.

But I do have some good news this week.

You will recall about a month ago I wrote about a house on Walker Street in Colonial Park. It was vacant and had a huge tree resting on its roof, causing considerable damage and being an eyesore for the neighborhood.

A real estate guy called and said the house was in the process of being sold and the new owner planned to get to work restoring the property.

I rode by the property Friday to check up on it and the tree has been removed, a tarp tacked down on the roof to prevent further damage and a crew was busy working on the house.

I love happy endings.

Seen something that needs attention? Contact me at 706-571-8570 or mowen@ledger-enqiurer.com.

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