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HAMPSTEAD, Md. (AP) — BGE will cut down 31 trees, mostly along Main Street, in Hampstead.

Town Manager Bradley Plante said at a town council meeting Tuesday that the utility is cutting down the trees so they don’t fall on wires during storms.

Plante says several years ago, BGE cut the branches from some trees near power lines into “Y” shapes, which weakened them.

The Carroll County Times reports that the trees will be cut down in late September and BGE will give the town $100 per tree for replanting. Residents will have to consent to their trees being cut down.

Plante says the town is looking for a place to store the wood, which residents will be able to take for free.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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