Acting on the decision of the Parish Administrative Council, this week we had the two large Cedar trees on Killingsworth removed. We are sad about this, but there really was no other choice.
The issue is safety.
Because of the way the trees have been gouged by the power company, some arborists have told us the trees are not completely viable in the face of a severe storm.
And, as you may know, the roots have buckled the sidewalk, driveway, and parking area. The city has cited us for this and we are required to repair the sidewalk and driveway. This involves excavating around and under the roots, as well as cutting some of the roots, further compromising the trees. As a result, no arborist would guarantee the viability of these trees after roots have been cut. Safety is even more at risk.
Our neighbor just to the east has a pre-school on the property, in the shadow of those trees. For several months, they have expressed their concern for safety of the children and have requested — demanded — that we remove the trees.
This decision was not made lightly or in isolation. We have consulted with several arborists, representatives from the archdiocese and the city, those who understand the legalities involved, and others. Input was consistent: for the sake of due diligence; for the sake of safety of all involved the trees should be removed.
The city requires us to plant replacement trees, and we are happy to do so. The replacements do not have to be the same kind or in the same place. Soon, we will make those decisions.
Thank you for your understanding.