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Some Milford Residents Voice Concerns Over Tree Trimming

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MILFORD, Del. - Neighbors in one Milford community are voicing concerns after they say they woke up one morning to find their trees hacked apart in what they say is a visually unappealing manner. The tree trimming happened on Route One Business, where Route 14 turns into Route 30. 

Richard Anthony walked WBOC through the wreckage, pointing out different pieces of debris on the ground. 

"This is the kind of stuff that we have to put up with," he said. "They just leave it laying on the ground. They come in with chainsaws. Leave the mess and debris all over the place."

The debate resurfaced this week, after a recent trimming of about 100 trees along Business Route One. He said this trimming was relatively small, compared to past incidents which have left an eye sore in their backyard. 

"Everybody has heard of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre," he said. "This is the Delaware Chainsaw Massacre." 

WBOC reached out to the Delaware Department Transportation to find out who did the cutting, along the roadway in the past. They said the most recent trimming was done by Comcast. The cable company did not offer WBOC a comment, but said that the trimmings were done in order to make repairs to the cable lines. They said they followed state regulations, and were acting in a fully legal manner. 

Anthony said that the more substantial damage occurred approximately two years earlier. He said this major trimming was done by DelDOT in order to improve safety conditions, after they said there was visibility issues for cars pulling out of nearby driveways. However neither DelDOT or Comcast could confirm whether or not they were responsible for this project that took place in approximately 2012.

Jim Westhoff, a DelDOT spokesman, said that in general terms, these trimmings are routine and legal. 

"We routinely cut back vegetation that is in the state's right of way if that vegetation is a sight hazard," he said. "It's our job to make sure people can pull out safely from our roads." 

But back in Milford, neighbor Bill Barbor said that the trimming could have been done in a more aesthetically pleasing way. 

"I think they should have notified us," he said. "And like I said, I would have paid somebody to do it that wouldn't have left a mess."
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