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Thats a shame to kill those trees. There is always an option, but whoever planned this out was just lazy. I thought the city had its own tree maint. guys in the parks and rec dept. Why contract it out? I hope the guy using the chainsaw in the picture dosent get injured, no eye protection or ear plugs. The tax payers would prolly have to pay his Dr. bill.
This particular tree needed to come down, but overall I do feel that this city seems to have a thing about removing trees, rather than working around them and incorporating them into the landscape.
Have to agree with notamorningperson. Get a grip, people. The City planted the tree, the City can take it down. End of story. I love trees as well, but the Short explanation made sense to me. If the tree had been left and damaged the sidewalk in a couple of years, people would have bitched about how shortsighted the City was. I guess I don't look for conspiracy in everything little that happens in our small town!
Of course it was done on a weekend! Does the Victoria government ever do anything that considers what the citizens want? What would the city think if citizens did remodels or upgrades that require permits on weekends or holidays when the inspectors were off duty? Cutting trees down for a sidewalk was not necessary. Go by the Trinity church on Colorado Street and see how they handled the problem. Maybe the city can require that all of the old buildings in downtown be torn down and leveled and the trees removed so that the public will want to visit the new sidewalks!
Does Victoria have rules in place for city and landowners who want to cut down Victoria’s oldest, grandest trees? Trunks that are deemed wide enough to protect and are one of 20 native or highly adapted species? I would think the City must of showed that the tree is dead, badly diseased or "an imminent hazard to life or property" before they cut it down.
What is the big deal? Aside from their intrinsic beauty, large trees cut energy use by offering shade, filter storm water and absorb carbon from the air.
C'mon notamorningperson you talk about everybody complaining about something look at yourself complaining about boarded up houses, thats the pot calling the kettle black...oh and by the way the tree they need to cut down is the one on Bridge right past Goodwin going north with the huge limb over the street. It's going to come crashing down on someones car and really do serious damage....what happen to the city cutting limbs that were over the street to low so the fire trucks could travel without hitting them......looks like some stupid old Oak tree is more important than a life....just wait for the lawsuit, over and out
People! Come on! You complain about EVERYTHING!!!! Trees get planted. Trees get taken down. Trees are included in the sidewalk plan. There is nothing sinister about taking the trees down. If the tree's roots are causing damage to the sidewalks, and potentially, the library building, they need to be taken down and something with a smaller root system needs to be planted at the end of the building project.
For those of you who do not know how things grow, the tree's roots do not stay immediately under the tree. They span out many, many feet. The diameter of the root system is most likely four times larger than the diameter of the tree itself.
While we are on the subject of complaining every time the city farts, or those that scream that we don't need to spend the money on road projects: you are responsible for mowing the intersection of Sam Houston and Leary Lane. Yes, there is grass growing in the middle of the intersection. Get to it. Mow or shut up.
City, thank you for trying to improve our horrible infrastructure. I have had two very costly suspension repairs done on my vehicle in nine months.
By the way, for those of you who still have their homes boarded up from Hurricane Season 2008, please take the boards off. It makes our city look very trashy. Be proud of what you have and take care of it. (I am not referring to the abandoned homes. I am referring to the many homes that I observe cars and people going in and out of)
I find it a little hard to believe that the existing grade couldn't be raised as required to meet the slope requirements. But I never paid attention to the existing roots either. Just seems a shame to lose trees when the trees are one of the things that add character to the area. I'm sure that every option was explored?
I do question why a contractor from another county was used instead of keeping it inside Victoria county.
What makes no sense is that there are places around town that people need sidewalks to get to bus stops or school and they are not there. And yes we wondered going to the play sat. nite why the tree was being cut down in the Dark!!! It is a done deal and the city wins again!
I'm a conservative and not tree-hugger type.The instant Lynn Short chortles:"..there was nothing sinisterabout it.." makes it sinister!Trees in place on public sidewalks are part and parcel property ofthe Taxpayer.Granted, the disabled should be considered and allowances madefor same.But to destroy the city's trees?Get a grip Short(y).
People in wheel chairs can now play basketball but can not go around a tree? How steep would the sidewalk be if it were built around the tree. If the tree was going to be a problem for the foundation of the building then why was it planted there in the first place.
I think the reason it was cut down on the weekend is so there would be little backlash about the subject from the public. Once the trees are felled you can't put them back up. The deed is done.
Seriously! Counldn't just go AROUND the tree?! Ugh! The same people that drew up the school zoning map is the same person that designed this sidewalk.
LETS GET REAL HERE
how many wheelchair bound persons would pass by this tree
in the next fifty years???
enough to sacrifice the trees?????
this is insanity