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Aldermanic committee to investigate Ameren

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – A special Aldermanic committee will investigate the recent power outages in
St. Louis and how to force more tree-trimming.

Aldermanic President Jim Shrewsbury called for the committee and First Ward Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe introduced a resolution Friday.

Troupe says committee members will look at whether home owners should be required to trim trees within their property before selling their homes.

The alderman says the committee also plans to meet with Ameren about more aggressive tree trimming.

But Troupe admits the city has no control over the utility.

"We can't really force Ameren to do anything, but we can gig them and with the Public Service Commission, and we can tell them this is what you're going to have to do," Troupe said.

The Missouri Public Service Commission is the regulatory agency that oversees utilities.

Troupe says the special committee is expected to meet soon.