Tree company working around city

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Salisbury officials said Tuesday the city has contracted with Asplundh Tree Expert Company to provide a safe route for contractors installing its above-ground fiber-optic utility infrastructure.
Asplundh will be reviewing city streets, utility poles and overgrown vegetation to make sure safe right of way exists for the fiber-optic installers.
Small-tunnel trimming may include the snipping of branches that pose a potential hazard for the installers, the city said..
Asplundh is scheduled to review the following streets for safe route maintenance through Friday: Fisher, Gates, Hudson, Emerald, Roberts, Grove, West Innes, Parkview, Poplar, Holmes, Lloyd, Institute, Hedrick, Walker, Tillman and Van Nuys streets; Round Knob, Brenner, Holmes, Fairson, Overman, Link, Merritt and Ackert avenues; Valley View Place; and Statesville Boulevard.
Barry King, delivery manager for the cityís fiber-optic project, said in many instances ěvery little or no trimming to tree branches may be necessary.î
ěOur goal is to create a very small channel with right-of-way clearing that ensures the safety of our contractors during installation of the fiber product,î he said.
ěNecessary work will include clearing out overgrowth that inhibits proper installation. The safety of our contractors is of utmost importance.î
King said citizens with any questions or concerns should feel free to contact him by calling 704-216-7567.