Members of John C. Brown & Sons, Inc. use a chainsaw and a large brush mower attached to an excavator Wednesday to finish up clearing brush and trees under power lines - owned by Public Service of N.H. - near Springfield Estates in Rochester. (JOHN QUINN PHOTO)
Residents upset by clear-cutting in Rochester
The members of Springfield Estates Homeowners Association, a 36-unit development near Eastern Avenue, are concerned the clearing along their property by Public Service of New Hampshire — which has an easement — will devalue property, reduce their quality of life and force them to pay to establish another buffer, according to Desiree Crossley, a member of the board of directors with the association.
"By that point, work had already begun in the area," Crossley said in an email.
"We have a quiet, well-kept, tree-lined community uncommon in the downtown and it's a selling point for our association," Crossley said, adding cleaning up the debris and restoring the buffer could cost thousands.
"All lines have to be at least a minimum number of feet from the ground and from other power lines," Murray said in an email Wednesday. "Lines tend to sag in extreme heat, for example, or when carrying large amounts of energy."
Murray said PSNH is aware of the concerns residents from Springfield Estates and the company was "discussing options with the management of the association."
Murray did not provide examples of resolutions or compromises from other clear-cutting projects under power lines in the state.