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Residents concerned over pruning of trees in their neighborhood

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Residents in the Saint Street Area are concerned the city is not only damaging trees but taking away the beauty of their neighborhood. Residents are wanting to know how the city is going to address their concerns.
"I remember when we first came here we came from Hobbs New Mexico where there wasn't a thing living, so to have three large oaks was just tremendous," says Susan Cunniff.

Susan Cunniff works from home and says she has personally stopped crews from trying to trim her trees. Her neighbors didn't get that opportunity.

"It's been sad to watch the trimming of the trees sometimes before you know it there is just way too much taken off," says Cunniff.

Cunniff and her neighbors are asking the city to take the same care in trimming their heritage oaks as they do with the oak trees on UL's campus. 

"Their's are in pristine shape amidst the power lines so I think that we can do better," says Cunniff. 

The Lafayette Utility System says the pruning work is necessary to prevent power outages during storms, but they are listening to Cunniff's and other residents' concerns.
     In a statement, LUS says it's open to taking the opinion of a certified arborist before pruning and discussing trimming strategies with property owners on a case-by-case basis, but for now, Cundiff will still monitor her front yard for orange trucks.

"My husband grew up in an apartment building. He didn't have a yard, he didn't have a yard so he does put his heart and soul into his yard, and the trees, and plants. We love all of that!" says Cunniff. 

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