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JohnGillnitz t1_j8pslo6 wrote

I seem to remember the Council itself was responsible for killing the tree trimming program because people didn't like their trees being cut.


reddig33 t1_j8q0smj wrote

Back in 2006. In 2019 that changed. Council actually increased funding for trimming in the last couple of years, and is now asking where that money went.


SpaceTabs t1_j8qim3h wrote

Local citizens micro managed the vegetation management on utility right of way? Hopefully they learned something. Don't let a few assholes at a council meeting cause a huge outage.

"During the blast, Austin Energy’s Vice President of Field Operations Elton Richards said they have a backlog since changing that policy three years ago."

“Prior to me arriving here, the city council had restricted trimming of trees down to an unsustainable manner,” said Richards, “Since that time we’ve been just pounding on the vegetation. It’s probably going to take another 3 years to get the whole city back on a normal cycle.”

"In 2012, Austin Energy reported that they invested about 9 million annually in its tree trimming program. Council members said that funding has increased in the past two years. Adam Andrzejewski, founder of Open The Books, took a closer look at their recent investments."