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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Trees versus Power - A failure to communicate properly, clearing of power lines or clearing for advertisers?

There has been much discussion of late about the cutting of trees between South Broad street and the Scottsboro Football Stadium. My video concerning the issue.

Jackson County's Clarion Newspaper filed this story: http://www.theclarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6893:trees-cut-to-prevent-power-disruption-sandlin-says&catid=42:clarion-rotation-stories&Itemid=142

WAFF Ch 48 Story: http://www.waff.com/story/23489593/scottsboro-superintendent-made-decision-to-cut-trees-near-stadium?utm_content=bufferd0c8e&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

More from WAFF: http://www.waff.com/story/23480309/scottsboro-residents-upset-over-trees-cut-near-high-school-stadium

Scottsboro's Electric Power Board Director Jimmy Sandlin says the trees were removed because they were creating a hazard for the power lines. Others say, not so fast, the trees were removed because of advertising on the newly refurbished Trammel Football Stadium.

Several facts stand out: 1) The Scottsboro Power Board nor the Scottsboro Board of Education announced to the public in advance of the tree cutting project. 2) There was a problem with clearance on part of the power lines in the area of the cutting, but not all. 3) What happened to the logs - where did they go, were they sold? 4) Is the property in which the trees were cut and the logs produced TVA property or property of the City of Scottsboro (Part of the property is below the 600ft TVA reservoir flood level). Did TVA survey the area and give a recommendation?

Scottsboro Tree Commission Meeting Videos
Scottsboro City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Judy Berry's Presentation to Tree Commission 

Scottsboro Electric Power Board Director Mr. Jimmy Sandlin's Presentation to Tree Commission

Tree Commission gets tough intro and an "aura of a clandestine nature."

Tree Commission gets tough finale.

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