Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
April 29, 2008
Tree Stumps, Dead Trees to be Removed by Private Company
For seven years, residents have had to live with large tree stumps, and dead trees on the City right of way which the highway department has not had the manpower to remove. Within the City’s 34 square mile area, there are thousands of city street trees. Now, Mayor James J. Fiorentini has asked the city council for a money transfer to bring in a private company to remove some of the backlog. Mayor Fiorentini stated:
The DPW did an inventory of the backlogged list of customer complaints for dead tree removal and the removal of large stumps. We found a five year backlog of 100 dead trees and tree stumps. The large stumps were left after trees were removed and the stumps remained.
We also generated another list, of requests to remove trees, trim trees and remove tree stumps. This list goes back seven (7) years and has an additional 300 requests on that list. That list has not been validated, and the next step will be check each of those requests.
Fiorentini said that up to 100 dead trees and large stumps would be removed by a private company. The total cost is approximately $ 59,000 and is being paid by the money saved by not filling the vacant positions in the Parks department.
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