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Wise concerned about city tree replacement

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 19th, 2013

CLINTON — Commissioner John Wise is concerned the city is not replacing trees as quickly as it removes them. Wise heads the department of public property. He is also a member of the city tree commission.

Since January 1, city workers have removed 39 trees from public property. In most cases, the trees posed hazards due to their age and condition.

“They could have caused catastrophic damage to houses, power lines, all kinds of things,” Wise said.

Wise said the city’s new bucket truck was making the removals possible and was saving the city money in comparison to hiring outside crews to perform the work.

But, the tree removals also helped illustrate a problem. The city is removing old, damaged trees at a more rapid rate than it is able to plant new trees.

“The Tree Commission gets only $4,000 a year,” Wise said. “Eighteen trees they bought, and that takes their budget pretty much for the year. On a good day, 39 and 18 doesn’t equal out.”

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