Trading a Tree for Reliable Power
"It reduces the liability that we have from storms such as the ice storm. We just had a little ice in here the other day and the wind storms also," said John Maiden, Water and Light services superintendent.
The city's Water and Light Department is working to avoid the extensive power loss that recently plagued southern Missouri and St. Louis.
"In essence, we're buying an insurance policy for our electric system," said Connie Kacprowicz of the Water and Light Department.
The city's Trade-a-Tree program replaces trees for free. Tree owners even get to pick from a selection of 13 species.
Three trees on Kim Hickey's property are almost dead.
As a new-tree recipient, Hickey said she was grateful.
"It was just a matter of time that I thought we would have a problem either in the lines or something bigger, you know, on a house."
The Water and Light Department only trims trees affecting the power lines.
All costs for tree trimming and tree replacement are covered by the city.