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A job with a view

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brett Cogburn had to perch in the tree with a chainsaw and cut the branches one by one while Blake Sullivan, on the ground, pulled the attached rope to drop the cuttings away from the electric lines. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Old memories came back to the Lonnie Fulp family this week as a crew with the Monett Utilities Department took down two trees at Eisenhower and Myrtle.

The widening of Eisenhower with the construction of the railroad overpass bridge moved the utility lines closer to the trees, which became a hazard. The lines include a three-phase service feeding Cox Monett Hospital.

Lonnie Fulp said his late son, Greg, planted one of the two trees about 50 years ago. S

eeing the trees come down after reaching about 70 feet in height was difficult but necessary, Fulp said. The closeness of the trees to the power lines made use of a bucket truck too precarious.

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