LANCASTER, Ohio - A Lancaster city councilman has a plan to repair the city's cracked and crumbling sidewalks. Councilman Randy Groff said the city hasn't been enforcing the current code pertaining to sidewalks and it is impacting the safety of the community. READ MORE
My Story:: First, let me say I love trees and over my lifetime I have planted 100’s of trees. I’ve also cut a few down. ( one winter I heated my house with a really good wood stove and a lot of wood)..
One could not have a good sidewalk and that tree.
The cost “to me” for having the tree taken down and the stump removed plus “clean up” was about $1200.00 At the present time I’m waiting to get the second estimate for having the sidewalk taken out and replaced. Mid Ohio did say they would come back and take out the rest of the stump that had grown under the sidewalk. (once the concrete is removed)
Remember:: I didn’t plant the tree.. the City of Lancaster did…..
What the City of Lancaster has to say:
“What is a street tree?
In the City of Lancaster, trees are generally located in either the public right of way (i.e., street tree) or on private property. Street trees are typically located along sidewalks adjacent to streets.” Read the whole story
Who is responsible for maintaining street trees?
“I want to prune, trim, remove (or anything else!) my tree, but I was told I need a permit. Is this true?
A street tree was recently removed in front of my home. How long do I have to replace it?
All trees removed must be replaced within one year of the removal unless exemption is granted by the Shade Tree Commission. I hope I’m not arrested for not replacing “the tree yet”
What if there is a storm?? I guess you just suck it up and have good insurance. (Storm of 2012)
A STREET TREE DESTROYS PART OF HOUSE IN LANCASTER,OHIO… That could have been MY HOUSE.. (there goes the bedroom) What does the City Of Lancaster say::: “Please consult with City Arborist Jim Bower about your site and personal concerns. Future sidewalk damage can be avoided by choosing a tree variety that best suits each situation.” I say “well maybe”
I met Mr. Bower when I got the permit to have “my street tree” taken down and it seemed to me he knew what he was doing. If a tree were to be planted the above “problems” could be avoided by choosing the correct tree variety.
Personally, I love the trees at Rising Park in Lancaster,Ohio… At my house three trees have been taken down including the “street tree”. I have planted six trees:: Apple,Peach, and Pear…two of each.. I planted them,take care of them, and enjoy their fruit.
So.. what is the answer? For me. I’m going to get the sidewalk fixed and with Jim’s help replant a “street tree” of the proper variety. When you see all the damage that can be done by trees/storm etc. one can see just how important Jim’s job can be.
You might enjoy:: Trees..Trees..Trees..Trees
Special thanks to: Jim Bowers & Jennifer Jarrell
One Last Photo from after the storm
Have a great day…..