Cape Gazette

Rehoboth needs to place wires underground

By Kitty Cole | Mar 28, 2014

Three weeks ago, Delmarva Power and Light trimmed the center out of some of the trees in Rehoboth Beach to clear their overhead wires.

It is very sad to see a healthy tree disfigured in that way. Since it is taxpayers’ money, it would be more sensible to spend the $15,000,000 on underground wiring, making the whole town look better and be safer, than spend $15,000,000 on a new city hall. The electromagnetic fields created by the overhead wires are carcinogenic and the transformers around town frequently explode.

There will be a meeting April 7 at 1:30 p.m. at city hall to discuss building a new city hall. Please attend. But before you go to the meeting, be sure to take a look around Rehoboth at the unsightly telephone poles and wires. Remember Rehoboth Avenue, Country Club Estates and Henlopen Acres all have underground wires. Why not at least start doing the streets in Rehoboth Beach?

Hopefully, the mayor and commissioners will let the taxpayers decide by having a referendum.

Kitty Cole
Rehoboth Beach

Comments (1)
Posted by: Tim McCollum | Mar 30, 2014 14:21

I am surprised there has not been more of an uproar regarding the line clearance service performed by Asplundh Tree Expert Service.  Ms Cole is absolutely correct these trees were grossly disfigured.  I watched this occur over several days during my run through the Pines on Henlopen Avenue.  You would think an arborist would be contracted to perform this service.  RB Tree City USA status could be in jeopardy.

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