Thinking the Department of Public Works was responsible for trees on Warren Street, Gossips asked Rob Perry, DPW superintendent, if he would comment on why the tree had to come down. He responded that DPW had no part in cutting down the tree.
The presence of street trees--especially on our main street-- benefits us all; the loss of a street tree diminishes the quality of life for us all. For a decade, there has been talk about establishing a Tree Board to develop a master street tree plan for the city and to encourage the maintenance and preservation of our existing street trees and trees located in public parks and near municipal buildings. One of the Tree Board's responsibilities might be to assess the health and viability of street trees proposed to be felled, to prevent trees, which enhance the city and benefit residents and visitors alike, from being cut down for no good reason.
It's time to think about establishing a Tree Board again. It's possible a Tree Board could have acted more quickly to get the ash trees on North Front Street treated and protected from the emerald ash borer, and the City would not now be facing the loss of those trees.
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