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Decatur looks for ways to clear tree limbs

Commissioners think using the Afron machine would be a good idea to get rid of hanging branches in the county. Commissioners think using the Afron machine would be a good idea to get rid of hanging branches in the county.
Decatur County Commissioners say large branches that hang low over some roads in the county are a problem. Decatur County Commissioners say large branches that hang low over some roads in the county are a problem.
The problem is that commissioners are concerned with how much the project will cost. Commissioners say the total project could cost about $200,000. The problem is that commissioners are concerned with how much the project will cost. Commissioners say the total project could cost about $200,000.
Pete Stephens, Decatur County Commissioner. Pete Stephens, Decatur County Commissioner.
Rob Cohen, Co-Owner of R&E Pecan Growers. Rob Cohen, Co-Owner of R&E Pecan Growers.
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Some folks in Decatur County are concerned by over-hanging trees on rural roads. County Commissioners are searching for a solution.

An area farmer could be the key to solving this problem. Commissioners reached out to a pecan farmer who has a machine that can quickly get rid of the hanging branches.

Decatur County Commissioners say large branches that hang low over some roads in the county are a problem.  Farmers say when they drive through, the branches can damage their equipment.  Other residents say it's dangerous.

"They're mad about knocking equipment and tearing up equipment going up and down the road, semi trucks having a hard time getting places getting by so we've been searching for a way to trim these trees," said Pete Stephens, Decatur County Commissioner.

Decatur County Commissioners reached out to Pecan Farmer Rob Cohen who has an Afron machine that cuts off branches. Commissioners think using the same machine would be a good idea to get rid of hanging branches in the county.

"One of the county commissioners saw the machine working in one of our groves and asked if we thought it would trim the canopies on dirt roads," said Rob Cohen of R&E Pecan Growers.   

This $300,000 machine can cut branches off in no time. The problem is that commissioners are concerned with how much the project will cost. Commissioners say the total project could cost about $200,000.

"To do all the county roads it's going to be a couple hundred thousand dollars, we simply can't afford that, so we're going to do a few roads at a time," said Stephens. "The new budget is coming in July so maybe then we can find someone to budget a larger amount but right now we just got a little bit of money we can trim a few roads with, and we're going to pick out the worst roads in the county."

Commissioners say they should decide what to do by mid April. If they decide to contract with R&E Pecan Farms to trim the branches, they would have prisoners clean up the debris behind them.

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