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Who does county engineer work for?

June 17, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work June 7 and saw 11 of my 100-year-old Locust trees cut down in my front yard. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't figure out who cut them down. There was no note on my door, no message on my answering machine. Imagine my surprise when I finally found out that the county engineer ordered my trees cut down for Chesapeake Energy. Imagine my surprise when I asked the tree cutter, hired by the county, where my wood was from the cut trees. His response was "You don't own the trees even though they are on your property." I beg to differ. Imagine my surprise when I spoke with county Engineer Andy Bryan who told me, "Locust trees don't have any value." I beg to differ - those trees have provided shade and a windbreak to my home for more than 100 years.

It appears that the county is widening the road so that Chesapeake Energy can get its huge vehicles through - I just wish someone from the county would have come to me to let me know what was going on. So, my question is: Does the Jefferson County engineer work for the citizens of Jefferson County or for Chesapeake Energy?

I wonder.

Jim Chaney


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