Rockland has hired an arborist and is trying to arrange a meeting with Central Maine Power before the company resumes its tree trimming work in the city.

City Manager Rosemary Kulow said she has contracted with Doug and Nancy Johnson of Johnson’s Arboriculture-Treekeepers to work with the city on deciding how to best trim the trees. The council has set aside up to $1,500 through June 30 for the work.

The council directed the manager to hire an arborist after numerous citizens appeared before the council to criticize the work done on behalf of CMP throughout Rockland by ABC Professional Tree Services.

Kulow said she has left a message for CMP but no meeting has been set.

A CMP representative said at a meeting earlier this month that the company wanted the work done in Rockland before summer when traffic will be much greater due to tourists being in the community.

The trimming stopped Feb. 1.

Many residents have turned out at council meetings to complain about the trimming done on behalf of CMP by ABC Professional Tree Services. Residents have complained about cutting they felt was excessive and about damaged trees as well as the failure of the company to consult with homeowners even when they have requested notification prior to the work.