City Seeks Tree Removal over Objection of Residents

5 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Monday, April 22 2013 Apr 22, 2013 Monday, April 22, 2013 2:41:00 PM CDT April 22, 2013 in News
By: Caroline Hecker

COLUMBIA - Residents in the area around Garth Street and Stewart Road told KOMU 8 News Monday they object to city plans to cut down what they consider to be a landmark tree in the neighborhood. The city plans to remove the American Elm next month.

The city water and light department will present a report about the tree to the Columbia City Council at its May 6 meeting.

Last week, the tree was marked with two large red "X's," signaling to residents that removal was in the near future. The tree leans against an overhead telephone cable, pushing the cable outward toward the street.

According to Columbia Water and Light, some residents complained to the city following this winter's multiple snowstorms, claiming the risk for falling tree branches injuring pedestrians or damaging passing vehicles was too high and removal of the tree would be necessary.

While some residents wish to see the tree removed, others feel too many trees have been removed in the neighborhood by the city in recent years.  Many said the neighborhood's character is defined by old trees and that it serves as a popular walking destination.

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