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Raleigh City Leaders Look At New Tree-Trimming Policy

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The city of Raleigh is rethinking its tree-trimming policy after the recent ice storm.

CP&L wants to cut back tree limbs that come within 15 feet of a power line. A Raleigh ordinance restricts them to 7.5 feet. Fallen limbs brought down power poles during the ice storm two weeks ago. The city may decide to give CP&L more leeway.

"You know, we don't want to have all the trees trimmed too much. On the other hand, we don't want all the outages like we've had," Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said.

"[It] makes us sad to see them go. We love our pine trees," resident Kenneth Wooten said.

City leaders said everybody wants more tree trimming after a storm, but they often object to it later. The council will re-examine the ordinance in January.

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