The city needs to talk to the power company's tree trimmers before they damage any more trees, an East New England Avenue resident said.

The city needs to talk to the power company's tree trimmers before they damage any more trees, an East New England Avenue resident said.

"They look like some kind of weird sculpture," Judy Haager told Worthington City Council at its March 19 meeting.

She was referring to the trees that have been pruned by American Electric Power (AEP) over the past few weeks. All over the city, trees have been trimmed, and residents have been complaining about the way the job was done.

Council member Bonnie Michael said she has received calls and been stopped on the street by residents upset about the careless pruning jobs.

Haager said the trimmers did not even clean up after they trimmed trees in her yard and in neighbors' yards.

Along North High Street in front of the Worthington Municipal Building, the city may have to remove trees that were unevenly trimmed. Haager said she read the story in the March 15 issue of ThisWeek Worthington that informed her that the city would then consider replacing the trees with smaller trees.

The city should stop the cycle of planting trees only to have them ruined by AEP, then having to remove them, she said.

"To think we would be a city of short trees, that is not the way to go," Haager said.

The city has skilled, educated staff and arborists who serve on an advisory committee. They should talk to the trimmers, she said.

City manager Matt Greeson said that subcontractors for the power company are trimming the trees from around power lines, but that the city also trims trees in the right of way.

"We also remove them," Greeson said.

Also on Monday, council approved a new brick paver sidewalk that will be installed along the north side of Worthington Jewelers, 692 High St.

The business will pay for the sidewalk, which will match walks along High Street in the downtown business district.

Last fall, an addition to the jewelry store was completed. Plans called for replacing a 6-foot wide embankment and limestone wall that was removed between the building and an existing sidewalk.

If it were done that way, the land would be useless to the public, co-owner Bob Capace stated in a letter to council. A sidewalk would allow pedestrians to access the business behind the jewelry store and St. John's Episcopal Church, and enhance the look of the Village Green, he stated.

It will also create more space for the farmers market, he added.

Worthington Jewelers co-owner Joe Davis is a member of city council. He did not attend the meeting on Monday.

All six council members voted in favor of the sidewalk, which will be in the Village Green right of way.

The Worthington City Charter requires a six-sevenths approval vote to "install any new hard surface ground materials on the Village Green."

Also on Monday, council referred to a code review committee a question about parking vehicles in backyards.

Council recently received a complaint about vehicles parked in the side and backyards of a house on East Granville Road.

City code currently prohibits parking in the front setback, except on paved surfaces, but does not address side or backyards. It does require a paved surface for five or more vehicles.