City expects discussion on historic trees

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Dec. 31, 2017 at 9:51 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2018 at 1 a.m.

A work crew from Quality Tree Service works to remove two oak trees on Santa Rosa Street on Christmas Eve.

A work crew from Quality Tree Service works to remove two oak trees on Santa Rosa Street on Christmas Eve.   NICOLAS GALINDO/NGALINDO@VICAD.COM for The Victoria Advocate

City officials are expecting to hear from some upset Victoria residents after live oak trees were cut down near downtown Victoria on Christmas Eve.

City spokesman O.C. Garza said he's expecting multiple residents to share their thoughts with the City Council after property owners at 107 S. DeLeon St. hired a company to chop down trees on their lot.

Neighbors were up in arms when the trees were cut, saying the trees were not only beautiful but also historically significant.

However, the city said the property owners can cut down trees on their property without permission.

"Homeowners have the right to maintain their property, and that includes easements and rights of way," said Garza.

Some neighbors are now calling on the City Council to strengthen rules protecting trees in historic districts.

Councilman Andrew Young, whose district includes the property where the trees were cut, said he designated a section of Tuesday's meeting to discuss the issue.

Also Tuesday, the council is expected to receive an update on the future of Victoria Transit. Just days before Christmas, 32 Victoria Transit vehicles burned in an early morning fire.

The Victoria Transit was able to resume its fixed routes last week by borrowing two buses from Sugar Land and five yellow school buses from the Victoria school district.


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