Tree trimming

Mayor Will Haynie posted this comment recently: “State law supersedes town law on utility line tree trimming.” This must change. I realize tree limbs must be cut back from the power lines, but the recent pruning is severe and ugly. In some cases, the trimming was so reckless that the health of the affected trees may decline, posing a bigger threat to the power lines and the people.

Dominion Energy assured the Town of Mount Pleasant that they were following national guidelines when they pruned trees away from power lines. The images in their PowerPoint presentation don’t look like the images we now see driving around town.

The Residential Tree Brochure, produced by the Town of Mount Pleasant Department of Planning and Development, states “Dead limbs can be removed at any time, but no more than 25% of the live crown can be removed in any given year.” We have seen trees with more than 25% of their live crown removed by the tree service hired by Dominion Energy.

We live in an area of extraordinary natural beauty. We have lost some of that beauty recently. We must be proactive, stand up and speak out if we are to preserve what’s left. We must have a law with teeth to protect our natural beauty from those who just don’t care.

John Coles

Mount Pleasant

Pier extension

The June 26 issue of the Moultrie News discusses, for a change, the division of opinion on the Waterfront Park pier extension. First question: Is there anything that has occurred in the last two years besides, maybe, the Pledge of Allegiance, that this council has ever agreed on?

The article continues with discussions about 40 feet long transient day dockage slips and 200 linear feet of flexible use side tie dockage. All of this has not happened yet so I do not know if it will be a problem, but somehow I do wonder if many boaters decide to “make a day of it” at Waterfront Park. And end up “hogging” for a better word, all the spaces, thus causing another commotion that seems to be the norm in Mount Pleasant. If nothing else, the idea that this is really being championed by councilman Gary Santos, gives me the hope that perhaps, just perhaps, y’all can agree on something. Santos has always been on the right side of many issues and Waterfront Park itself is a product of his initiative.

The article also discusses the famous rusty water tank that seems to leave residents in Old Village mesmerized by its historical something or other. There is an ordinance out there that will rezone the property for a monopole replacement for its use as a cell tower and this seems to be another example of a division of opinion that once again seems to have developed into some kind of problem with our council in the middle of it that spills over into the Board of Zoning Appeals. The idea that close to $1 million is needed to rehab the tank so it can remain in place seems to be an utterly ridiculous expense. Having been on the Board of Zoning Appeals, I do not believe we ever stopped or were able to stop the construction of a monopole literally anywhere because, according to most circuit court rulings, the public’s interests always seem to trump any and all arguments about refusing the monopole cell tower construction. Not only is the $1 million a true waste of money — just for old times sake — but the arguments to keep it are fallacious at best considering the rulings by the court and the championing of the same by residents in the area who would rather pass it off as a “historical relic” and not an intrusive new age monopole.

Seymour Rosenthal

Mount Pleasant