I read in the May 24 Valley Sun (“Council looks to trim tree ordinance”) that our city officials are trying to be more friendly over residents trimming their trees.
I wrote previously about my experience of being fined $200, plus an arborist fee, and now my official arborist report states I owe another $800 for damage to my own trees. My next-door neighbor was fined $1,600 for damage to her Chinese elm. Does this sound friendly? My official citation states that I am guilty of misdemeanors and could face criminal prosecution from the city attorney. Does this sound friendly?
When I talked to the code enforcement officer I said I didn’t know the elm tree was protected. He said it was my responsibility to know the city tree ordinance. I suggested the city mail out a postcard to all residents notifying them of the protected tree list. He said that would be too expensive. Well, on my street alone, the city will collect more than $5,000 from three residents who own Chinese elms.