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Posted on Tue, May 25, 2010 : 2:40 p.m.

Facilitator appointed in lawsuit over Pittsfield Township tree removal

By Art Aisner

A lawsuit filed by a group of Pittsfield Township residents against a utility company that wants to remove trees along their property line will be mediated outside the courtroom.

A trial set for Friday before Circuit Judge Melinda Morris was cancelled after attorneys for residents of Beech Drive and ITC Holdings Corp. were ordered to attempt to resolve the dispute first, records show.

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Work crews showed up in February to trim some of the trees.

The neighbors sued ITC in February to prevent the company from cutting down dozens of arborvitaes in an easement that borders their properties and Helen Street. They argue the trees are vital to their quality of life and property values, and can be trimmed rather than removed.

Novi-based ITC purchased the easement from DTE in 2000 and said it is complying with a federal mandate to protect power lines that can be affected by trees.

Crews began removing trees in February, but Morris enforced a temporary agreement that maintains the status quo until the case is resolved.

Attorney Richard Soble was appointed as the facilitator with consent from both sides.

The parties were ordered to meet as many times as necessary until a cut-off of July 30, records show. A status conference is scheduled for Aug. 3.

Art Aisner is a freelance writer for AnnArbor.com. Reach the news desk at news@annarbor.com or 734-623-2530.

Comments

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Fri, May 28, 2010 : 4:46 p.m.

GET YOUR NOSES OUT OF THE AIR.DTE CUTS TREES ETC. EVERYWHERE.-----WHY OH WHY DO YOU THINK YOU'RE SO SPECIAL

tdw

Tue, May 25, 2010 : 3:28 p.m.

oops sorry its dading.I don't want you to get upset

tdw

Tue, May 25, 2010 : 3:26 p.m.

@dadding its off of Helen west of golfside

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, May 25, 2010 : 3:05 p.m.

can we have a map to see where this is please?