- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Hamden’s mayor has asked United Illuminating to take a pause in its tree-trimming following complaints from residents.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/1icngFT ) that Mayor Scott Jackson acted after residents complained about United Illuminating removing branches and trees within eight feet of power lines. Some are near their homes.

Jackson asked the power company to put its plans on hold until it participates in a public forum on Wednesday.

A resident said she’s concerned that the utility will cut wherever it pleases.

Michael West, a spokesman for the utility, says Connecticut regulators approved the plan, which he says is a direct result of the damage caused by falling trees and limbs due to Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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