"We can take down all the trees if we want to." - AEP's Tom McCray




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Published on Sep 16, 2009

As might be expected, the subject of AEP tree cutting was a topic at this Tuesday's Tree and Landscape Commission meeting. An AEP representative, Tom McCray, was asked a question by Village Council's representative to the committee, Connie Barsky. Council member Barsky asked if AEP would stop tree cutting until after council has a chance to meet with AEP during council's September 16 meeting. Mr. McCray very emphatically answered "absolutely not." It was shortly after that point that a video camera was pulled out and started.

The video did not capture those earliest, most forceful statements from the AEP representative, but it does convey a feel for the quality of interaction with AEP's representative in charge of tree cutting in Granville when the subject of potentially excessive tree cutting is raised.

During the discussions AEP representative McCray pulled out a copy of an easement related to providing electric power. Mr. McCray stated that the 50 year easement entered into in 1970 will last for another 30 years. The easement is set to expire in roughly 11 years.

After AEP representative McCray stated he was the person with whom the village should discuss potential tree cutting and that "We can take down all the trees if we want to. We don't want to do that," Mr. McCray noticed a video camera. McCray then clarified that he could not speak on such issues, that handling such issues was not part of his job, and that he would not continue with the meeting if video was being taken.


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