OWOSSO (WJRT) (5/10/2019) – UPDATE: After this story aired, Consumers Energy officers known as Ron Ackels and labored out an settlement to avoid wasting the tree.
This towering pine tree decked out with 52,000 lights over the past Christmas season may very well be quite a bit shorter or disappear altogether when a Consumers Energy trimming crew comes by.
Ackels will full some minor trimming on the prime to maintain it away from the ability strains. That will fulfill issues from Consumers in regards to the utility’s infrastructure.
An unofficial Christmas landmark within the Owosso space faces an unsure future after bringing pleasure to a whole bunch of residents.
The so-called Owosso Christmas tree on M-52 close to Baker College of Owosso has been marked for trimming by Consumers Energy. The homeowners received a card within the mail saying the chainsaws might come quickly.
Ron and Jorja Ackels get pleasure from seeing individuals come from all around the state to take footage with their mighty inexperienced large at Christmas time. Last yr, they decked it out with 52,000 lights.
The tree even has its personal Facebook web page.
However, Consumers Energy has indicated the tree may intrude with electrical strains working close to it. The utility is planning to trim it quickly to proceed offering protected and dependable service.
Ron planted the tree along with his son in 1985.
“It got planted. It lived. It got transplanted. It surprised us again and lived, and my wife put lights on it 30 years ago,” he stated.
Ron stated the tree had been marked for trimming for a few yr. He explored different choices to keep away from trimming, however all of them proved too pricey, he stated.
Consumers Energy officers stated there hasn’t been a timetable set for when the forestry work will probably be executed within the space.
Before any trimming is finished, a planner will come by affected space and speak with owners. Ron hopes the trimming may be very minor or can nonetheless be prevented fully.
“Well if the tree is cut, it’s done and it would be impossible to replace the tree,” he stated.
No Consumers, metropolis or township officers have ever raised points or security issues in regards to the tree earlier than it received marked for trimming.