Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Friday, January 13, 2012
OK, Let's Try This Again, And This Time, Get It Right
Since 2006 I have seen the vegetation management folks, that National Grid had contracted, twice on Route 148. Not bad, twice in 5 five years. Now, I don't want to exonerate National Grid, but since I have witnessed the tree service company trimming trees along Brookfield Road, the entire blame cannot be laid on National Grid. The tree service company must be held accountable as well since they left a great deal of vegetation hanging that would affect the lines if storm like we had hit. They did remove limbs, and branches, but no where near the amount that was needed.
The did the minimum, and collected their check. This is obvious from the results last October.
So, we have a situation that not only had bad management of the vegetation, but a tree service company that did the minimum for whatever reason. A bad combination of events that kept most of us with out electrical power for a week.
Question: Who in town is going to follow behind the tree service company this time to insure that the vegetation is thoroughly removed, or do we wait until the next big storm to find out if the job was done right?