Stephens City gets compensated for unwanted trimming of trees

By Ryan Cornell

The town of Stephens City has been compensated after its trees received an unwanted buzzcut earlier this year.

In May, contractors sent by Shentel trimmed a row of trees growing underneath the utility lines running along Main Street, according to Stephens City Town Manager Mike Kehoe.

He said crews from Allegheny Power had trimmed some of the trees earlier in the spring, so it came as a surprise when they were trimmed a second time by Shentel. He added that the town received no advance notice of the trimming from the Edinburg-based telecommunications company.

“The trees were large trees that had to be trimmed at some point, and we understand that,” he said. “It’s just the method they chose to use.”

Town Council sent a letter to Shentel last month asking for $2,500 in compensation.

The town received that amount, which Kehoe said will be used to buy about 10 or 12 new trees for Main Street that will be more compatible with utility lines.

He said Shentel provides internet service and security alarm systems to businesses and homes in Stephens City. He said the lower utility line along Main Street belongs to Shentel.

The company also offered to return and do some restoration work on the trees, which Kehoe declined.

“It’s like a bad haircut,” he said. “You just have to let it grow out.”

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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