Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 2, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Benefit Fair will be Thursday

The Kentucky Employees Health Plan's open enrollment for 2014 will be October 1-31. This year all eligible members must enroll in a health plan or waive coverage.

New highlights this year include additional health plan options with embedded wellness benefits. The Benefit Fair for Boyd County will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Ashland Community and Technical College, 1400 College Drive, Rooms 133 and 164, Rocky Adkins Pavilion. Free HumanaVitality checks and flu shots  will be available on a first come, first served basis. Online enrollment assistance is also available. Representatives from KEHP, KRS, KTRS, Humana and Express Scripts will be in attendance.

Jean Fraley, Vice President, Boyd County Retired Teachers, Ashland

Trimmed tree draws complaint

I’m writing to express my displeasure with the treatment we have received from AEP.  Thursday, Sept. 26, my husband and I came home from work to find our beautiful maple tree had been “trimmed” by a company contracted by AEP.

When I use the term “trimmed,” it does not express what was done to our tree.

We realize power lines must be cleared for safety reasons, but the manner in which this tree was destroyed was unnecessary.  The tree was cut with a huge V in the middle, cutting out the center trunk completely at nearly 10 feet below any power lines.

 We have made numerous calls to AEP and have had no satisfaction.  This wasn’t a tree along a roadway or in a field somewhere but in the backyard right off our patio.  This tree had been trimmed by the power company previously, but not in this manner.  Although we certainly didn’t like the look in the past, we understood. This, however, is completely ridiculous.

I believe the power company has no regard for homeowners and paying customers. The tree could have been trimmed in a way that didn’t destroy the look of our entire backyard.  We had no prior notification that they would be at our property.

Homeowners should be aware of how powerless they are when it comes to this utility company responding to concerns regarding property.  We have requested the same team that was sent to our home to do the work on the tree be sent back to our home to try to somewhat correct this problem.

Had we been home or aware of the planned trimming, we would not have allowed this to have been done.  We, as customers and homeowners,  feel we are being treated with no respect.

Cathy Sizemore, Flatwoods

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