"When, may I ask, are we the people going to realize that 8KV lines can't be run adjacent to trees that topple over easily?"

An open letter to First Selectman Fillmore McPherson from Charlie Walden.




Date: January 31, 2013, 8:13:16 PM EST
To: "mcphersonf@madisonct.org"
Subject: Power Outage Jan. 31,2013


Greetings from the west end of Green Hill Rd. where once again (Irene, Sandy & today's wind storm) we are without electrical power for an extended period. The "culprit" is another downed tree in the SAME 1/4 mile stretch of Green Hill Rd. just west of Nortontown Rd. (which appears to be conservation trust land).

When,may I ask, are we the people going to realize that  8KV lines can't be run adjacent to trees that topple over easily?

I would urge you to have CL&P and others look at this stretch of road so that it does not happen again and again.

Green Hill Rd.,as you know, is a very busy thoroughfare and as such downed trees and power lines are a major safety issue.Additionally the 8KV line serves over 100 homes where in some cases inconsistency of power is a medical issue.

For you and your records I will forward pictures of damage in separate emails.
Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Charlie Walden

Ex Republican February 03, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Cut out welfare, food stamps, Obama's $20 million vacations, and other "entitlements" and we could afford to run our lines underground. Since that could NEVER happen at this advanced stage of the collapse of the United States, best to buy an affordable generator made in China. Sorry Charlie!
Mike Atkins February 03, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Wondering why you're an ex-Republican, you sound so bitter and uninformed you should be King Republican. So those wires and trees probably went up before 2008 but it probably is still President's Obama's fault. Maybe it's you fault?
SW February 03, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Fillmore, have CL&P cut the trees back from the lines about 100 feet from from the lines in that property. You have to do what you must do. It's all well and good to have conservation areas but not at the peril of people who may lose their electricity.
Gus R. Horvath February 03, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Many of the trees in Connecticut are at the end of their natural life. One hundred and fifty years ago the state was 30% forested because of farming and charcoal-ling activities. At the present time some 60% of the acreage in the state is forested. Many of these trees are at the age of rotting internally and are weakened. To place distribution lines underground would raise electric rates 3 to 4 times. Might be cheaper to cut back the tree line as they are doing in Greenwich on the railroad right of way?
Die Harder February 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Where are your priorities Mr. McPherson?? Two hurricanes and numerous wind storms and you still don't know where the problem areas are? Its all about priorities..where are yours?
swingbopcouple February 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM
And where else can the run the lines. Any suggestions?
Ex Republican February 03, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Mike, yes I am bitter but not uninformed. I have seen our country go to hell. The blame is as much the Republicans as the Democrats. I am not blaming for Obama for putting the wires on poles. That is just a stupid comment. I do blame Obama and his cohorts, however, for our current spending frenzy but not for the rest of our country's problems. With better spending controls we might be able to rectify our utility delivery problems, by whatever means is most appropriate.
Matt February 03, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Cutting back a 100ft swath of trees along side every road is absurd. Maintaining the trees that are there is the only practical solution. If it's dead, get rid of it. If it's branches are too close, cut them back. But you can't just take out all the trees. If this is a medical issue, your neighbors apparently need to rethink their planning and preparedness. If a tree falling down compromises your ability to survive for a few days, you're doing something wrong.
Herb February 03, 2013 at 10:01 PM
CL&P elected to service Madison and placed THEIR power lines along side the roads. It is their responsibility to maintain THEIR right of ways, not the Towns. We are paying for this service already. Look on your bill - it is under "Delivery charges" Just stop paying your bill for services NOT rendered.
Mike Atkins February 04, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Well Ex, you don't seem as informed as you boast. Please tell me about the spending frenzy that is happeneing. Oh and you can't include Iraq, Bush tax cuts or Afghanastan. Federal spending growth has actually been slower under President Obama than under any other president since Dwight Eisenhower. You need to be an ex FOX news guy also. Talk with the Madison first selectman about spending. Maybe instead of buying the airport we could have used that money to trim back more trees. Or maybe the spending of a senior center that is hardly ever used? You see spending is local and that's where the problem lies. but it is much easier for you rant about Obama causing the trees to topple. So you really aren't an ex-republican, just an Obama hater, right?
Jeff February 04, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Bitter loser?
Jay Berardino February 04, 2013 at 02:38 PM
A study has been done to determine the effects of a category 3 hurricane (Hurricane of 1938) on the State of Connecticut. Both CL&P "and the State have copies of the report which determined that 6 to 8 out of 10 trees in the state will come down. Power will not be fully restored for 90 days. This is a WHEN not IF scenario. Connecticut is long overdue for its next Cat 3 hurricane. My question is what is being done on the state level in anticipation of this event?
Doan Steel February 04, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Why did CLP stop repairing the lines at 4pm Thursday and went home - could they not stay and fix the lines - it went down to 58 degrees that night on my house - where was the 1st selectman - did he knock off early as well?
BL Davis February 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Whatever happened to land owner responsibility? Whether the land is owned by Madison’s Conservation Trust, the State of CT, the Water Company or an individual, the property owner is and should be responsible for the condition of the trees on his/her/its property and for the removal of trees that might cause damage to others. If the owner is negligent in maintaining the property, the owner (or the owner’s insurer) should reimburse the damages of all those who are harmed by that negligence. “Conservation” is not a license for irresponsibility.


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