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Is City Taking Too Long to Remove Hazardous Trees?
Is City Taking Too Long to Remove Hazardous Trees?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  The city has 600 trees either waiting to be trimmed or removed and some say it is moving too slowly to to get rid of trees that could be dangerous.

We found one on Beauclerc Road, which has an orange "X" in the middle, but has been there so long it is fading.

Independent tree surgeon Gene Bushor said the mark is four months old. "That is too long," he said. "If it was marked there is a reason for it."

The tree is a hazard, he said. "It is dead, dangerous and can cause harm to somebody or something," he added.

Bushor wants to know why it takes the city months to act on a tree that could be dangerous. "Limbs are hanging over the road, broken limbs, no one is doing anything," said Bushor.

A huge pine tree next to his home worries Tom Marrero. "I called them because we had limbs falling out and I said kids are walking by and limbs might fall on them we need to do something about it," said Marrero.

The city placed an orange X on the tree, but that was four months ago. "The next thing you know one of these limbs falls down you won't know it's coming down until it is too late," said Marrero.

The city budget for this current fiscal year is $701,000 to trim and remove through a tree contractor as well as mitigation. The city has the money but a spokesperson could not explain why it takes months to remove a tree.

Bushor said the long wait is unacceptable.

"That one tree the limb is hanging there; some unsuspecting car is going to come by and it is going to let loose and come down,"  he said.

What to do:

If you experience damage from a tree on city property, file a claim with the city's risk management division, or file a lawsuit against the city. If you have a tree in your community that you feel is a risk, contact the city at 630-city and be persistent. It will determine if the tree is the responsibility of the city, the JEA or another utility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you experience damage from a tree on city property, file a claim with the city's risk management division, or file a lawsuit against the city. If you have a tree in your community that you feel is a risk, contact the city at 630-city and be persistent. It will determine if the tree is the responsibility of the city, the JEA or another utility.

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