Nelson tree trimming on hold

Nelson Hydro’s tree pruning program will be temporarily suspended until city council can meet with the contractor to address complaints.

Nelson Hydro’s tree pruning program will be temporarily suspended until city council can meet with the contractor to address community complaints.

“There have been some concerns raised that the pruning is too severe, that perhaps it is not balanced,” acting mayor Deb Kozak said Tuesday. “People are disturbed about why it’s being done and about the health of the trees. Council is getting a report from staff about how it’s proceeding.”

Over the summer, the city-owned utility has been removing every limb or branch within three meters — and some cases five meters — of its power lines, leaving behind many Y-shaped trees.

When the plan was announced in March, line manager Doug Pickard told council he anticipated complaints. “People are going to be concerned about the amount of clearance we’re going for, but it needs to be done. It’s industry standard,” he said, noting their goal was improved safety and reliability.

Kozak agreed Nelson Hydro did explain it would be a “dramatic” change, but “I don’t think people were quite prepared.”

She said council received a report from Nelson Hydro this week and will meet with the company doing the work as well as the city’s in-house arborists before the next council meeting. Although no date has been set, she expected it to happen within a week.

In the meantime, some work around schools will be completed, but the rest will be on hold — at least within city limits. Kozak said the contractor will continue to work in outlying areas Nelson Hydro serves.

“It’s not a big deal to stop for a little while,” she said. Last Thursday morning, city crews cut down an old silver maple at Lakeside Park after a huge limb broke off, but Kozak said it was unrelated to the hydro work. In that case, internal rot was blamed.

Kozak said she didn’t expect the tree trimming to become an election issue, but acknowledged the city has “been receiving a lot of communication [from the public] about tree pruning policy and practice.”

Just Posted

Recycling subsidy means tax break for RDCK residents

Province steps in to fund newsprint recycling

Nelson searches for answers to fentanyl crisis

A packed event Wednesday featured seven speakers and plenty of questions

Police ask city for $100K budget increase

The extra money is needed to cover salary costs

Nelson firefighter wage negotiations in year six

Firefighting is an essential service, so strikes are illegal

EcoSociety asks city to become 100 per cent renewable

The plan would have Nelson ditch fossil fuels by 2050

Nelson homes found without working smoke alarms

Fire chief Len MacCharles says his members found 21 homes in need of alarms

COLUMN: Let’s keep your money circulating in the region

Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson on buying locally

Doug Bothamley Cash Spiel returns this weekend

The annual tournament runs Friday to Sunday at the Nelson Curling Centre

COLUMN: Taking another look at Kelowna

Columnist Donna Macdonald finds many things to love about the city Nelsonites love to hate

Earthquake gently rocks Nelson to sleep

Did you feel the earthquake? (Probably not)

RDCK holds open house on proposed boat launch

RDCK hosted an open house at Blewett Elementary to discuss plans for a boat launch at Taghum Beach

LVR Bombers volleyball team off to provincials

The senior girls’ squad secured a spot with a win over Trail last week

Most Read