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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5A TIMBER: Galeppi trees downed .......... , ,: ; ...,, . -...,-. ; y. ...... Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative workers make the final cuts on this 87-foot ponderosa pine at the corner of Galeppi and Quincy Junction roads July 9. Photos by Laura Beaton The crane removes the middle section of the tree after PSREC employee Steve Gordon (hidden by branches at top of lower portion of tree) made the cut. Gordon and the crane operator formed a well-oiled team that finished the job in about an hour, J_ HEASLETT Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com Plumas-Sierra Rural Elec- tric Cooperative (PSREC) be- gan its Quincy Junction and Chandler Road hazard tree re- moval project July 9 and em- ployed a 75-ton truck crane able to reach 195 feet. Connolly Crane, of Carson City and Lake Tahoe, was hired by PSREC at a cost of $275 per hour. Operator Steve Sears has worked {or the com- pany for more than 20 years and is one of only a few opera- tors licensed to lower workers by ball and hook into trees. The $600,000 USA-built LinkBelt crane with rear steering was driven by Sears to Quincy and will also com- plete other projects in the area. Another Connolly crane has been working at a 5,200-square- foot private residence con- struction project in Incline Vil- lage. Connolly paved the way for crane companies by proving it- self at Lake Arrowhead, when hundreds of beetle-killed trees were removed without inci- dent beginning in 2004. It is now legally possible for companies in California to get approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administra- tion (OSHA), following the pro- tocol that Connolly initiated.. An 87-foot ponderosa pine, which earned a hazard tree designation on account of a 10- degree list toward Quincy Junction Road and a tree bole with two previous failures less than one foot from a conduc- tor, was removed in three pieces in about an hour. PSREC will remove a total of 11 hazard trees, ranging from 50 to 132 feet tall, as part of its ongoing maintenance and abatement services to PSREC customers and landowners. The threat of deadly, costly wildfires and power outages caused by falling limbs or trees is the responsibility of PSREC and must be constant- ly monitored. Last month, the Chandler Road Advisery Committee held a :meeting at the Public Works department regarding 27 trees marked as hazard trees by PSREC and the Coun- ty Road Department. Prior to the June 4 standing- room-only meeting, the county rescinded its decision to cut 16 trees it had marked as haz: ardous. ' The result of that public ed- ucation meeting was that PSREC would remove the trees deemed hazard trees, as required by law. Public Works Director Bob Perreault agreed to work with CRAC and the road depart- ment to establish better guide- lines between stakeholders. In fact he has already met with CRAC: once in late June and again in early July to address the issue. In the future, CRAC chair- man Hank Eisenman will be notified of related projects such as painting the yellow di- vider line, which will happen sometime this summer. Paul Erwin, general foreman at PSREC, reported that the ' landowner of the corner lot at Galeppi and Quincy Junction roads will receive the lumber removed from her property, as will any other landowner whose hazard trees must be re- moved, whenever possible. PSREC and Dave Sims' Topper's Tree Service crews make short work of the cleanup using chainsaws and a wood chipper. Please join us for a celebration of life for BRUCE McKAY0000 Fri., July 20 6:30pm Plumas County Fairgrounds Mineral Building,, Quincy In keeping with Bruce's love of Hawaiian shirts, please wear bright colors. For more inform call Sharon at 283-9168 Goodbye Galeppi E all that's left of the danger tree is the stump, which will be removed within a week or so. Richard K, Stockton, But 97% of our customers CLU ChFC, Agent with claims do; Insurance Lic. #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services When you get State Farm" 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 www.richardstockton.us WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE insurance, you get more than just the right coverage at the right price. You get the assurance that we'll be there when it matters most. GET TO A BETTER STATE'. CALL ME TODAY. ' StateFarm" * Based on a 2008 internal State Farm Claims dePartmefit nati0nai siudy. :: 11o121o.2 HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 1377 ARLINGTON RD. SP. 87 TAYLORSVILLE CA 95983 C-t2 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 Go f Cours,:: Now 00:gpen MoncIa 9 - Sunc[a00 Honor: Gol{: Pavilion Open Yrida 9 - Sunc]a 9 1000AM jstam --6PM Szo Adults- $10 J Jniors (16 an:] unciar) Por more in:ormation, please call the Na:oma Golt: shop: 8Z-O67 6:88.9 Highwa 9 70 Blairsden, C_.aliCornia .9610 t