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Councilors vote to remove two city trees

By Kendra Caruso | Mar 24, 2020
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Belfast — City Councilor Mike Hurley advised fellow councilors March 16 of four trees on Church Street that were inspected to see if they needed to be removed a few weeks prior. Councilors decided to keep two trees and remove two.

Hurley hired arborists Doug and Nancy Caudle-Johnson of Treekeepers LLC to inspect four sugar maple trees for the city. They recommended that two of the trees be removed and the other two, along with an oak tree on the corner of Wight Street, should be pruned and cabled.

Hurley estimated that the cost of maintaining the three good trees will be $2,570, but provided no estimate for the two trees recommended for removal. Councilor Mary Mortier expressed concern about the dwindling funds designated for tree maintenance.

She said the city only has about $7,970 available for the rest of the fiscal year. Hurley agreed and said councilors will have to consider the decision to increase the tree budget for the next fiscal year.

The city applied for a Project Canopy planning grant for the 2020 fiscal year and hopes to develop an inventory and proactive tree care plan if awarded the funds, Hurley said.

 

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