Trigg County calls itself a tourism county. You certainly can’t tell by the actions of the local Pennyrile Electric Co-op and the county and state highway department. Both continue to mutilate the landscape and create eyesores that devalue private property.
Today as I look out of my window, Pennyrile Electric is cutting down 50 –year- old, big beautiful pine trees that line the corner of Malone Road and U.S. 68/80. For all who would enjoy the beauty of Trigg County as they travel this main road en route to Barkley Lake, Land Between the Lakes and Kentucky Lake, also places beyond, Pennyrile is, defacing the scenic landscape. I hear all the time on WKDZ radio that the Land Between the Lakes is the most popular tourist attraction in Kentucky.
Pennyrile is cutting these big trees because they plan to build another electric sub station eyesore on this corner property. It will deface the look of the property and result in lowering the neighbor’s property values. Who wants an electric substation at the entrance to their road or street? Surely, Pennyrile management could find a more hidden location for their new substation.
Trigg County hasn’t had anyone to organize the county for saving the beauty here. If you agree with me and my thinking, call me at, (270) 206-0208, and let’s have a group meeting to see what can be done about this problem. Other cities and counties will not give up their trees and beauty easily. Why should we? Look at Lexington, with Kentucky’s most beautiful roadways.
I am also bothered by the highway department chewing up the landscape with those big side-arm mowers that they use to ruin trees and scenic beauty. They have also trespassed on private property, including some of ours and cut down big trees that were not on the right of way; neither were they near any electric lines. This was done without notifying the property owners of their intentions to trim or cut.
I think it is time for our highway management and electric company management to look at some of the better practices being used in other areas where people do value beauty and trees. Do we always want to look like we are backward in this county?
It is time to stand up and say STOP!
Gail Hardy, Cadiz