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Tree cutting upsets councilman

Updated: July 15, 2013 9:40PM



CROWN POINT — Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has contract crews going through the city cutting down trees in residents’ yards.

City Councilman Robert Clemons, R-2nd, said residents are being paid for the tree, and a new tree is promised to be planted, but not the same kind, value or size of the tree being removed.

Clemons told fellow council members on May 6 that thick tree parts have been left on parkways. He said that NIPSCO’s tree removal service doesn’t have the equipment to remove the large trunks.

Clemons said Harrington Avenue, and west from there on South Street towards St. Mary Cemetery, were particularly bad this spring.

He was told at the May 6 meeting by city employees that NIPSCO has second crews coming behind the crews that are cutting down the trees to remove the big pieces. It should all be done by May 7, they said.

On May 8, at the city Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, Clemons said that the big trunks were still there.

The sawdust was in the streets and getting into the sewers, he said. He said he was also told that NIPSCO asked if the city could come remove the big trunks.

Clemons wants to know who is going to pay the city back for the use of manpower, machinery and fuel to do the clean-up. The councilman also wanted to know if this would damage the city’s Tree City U.S.A. designation.

Jay Olson, superintendent of Streets and Sanitation, said that with the replacement trees being planted, the designation should not be impacted.

Also, since these are not on public right-of-ways, but trees on private property, the designation isn’t affected.



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