Residents say sagging branch represents a threat to life and limb

October 01, 1997|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Residents near Lime Kiln Road have spent a week trying to get somebody, anybody, to cut down a tree branch hanging precariously on a telephone line.

Sonja Jasper launched her campaign about the large limb in the 11900 block of Lime Kiln Road on Sept. 22 with calls to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. Nothing happened.

It took several more calls -- to BGE, the Howard County fire and police departments -- before she learned that the line was not a power cable but a telephone line.

So she called Bell Atlantic. They told her they would look into it.

And still the limb extends about 3 feet over the roadway, causing the line to sag.

"That line isn't going to last much longer," said Jasper, 52, of the 12000 block of Kondrup Drive. "It's dangerous. If someone doesn't fix it soon, I'm going to paint arrows and signs to let drivers know."

She and other residents said they were particularly concerned because there have been several accidents on Lime Kiln Road this year.

Sgt. Peter D'Antuono, traffic supervisor for the Howard police, yesterday called the County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Highways, which sent a man to investigate about 4 p.m.

Officials from Bell Atlantic said the company would send a crew by 5 p.m. today to look into the matter.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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