Council to discuss Westwood Avenue trees issue

Apr 16, 2012

The Columbia City Council will review the removal of trees on Westwood Avenue tonight.

Eight trees were marked to get cut down. Resident Frances Dickey lives on the street and saw the red Xs on the trees on Friday evening. She says she spent the weekend talking to neighbors, sending e-mails and circulating a petition. She successfully got the city to put the removal on hold.

But this morning Dickey says she still saw trucks with cutting equipment on her street. She says she called Sixth Ward Council Member Barbara Hoppe who then called the owner of the company to inform him of the hold.

“This has taken place with such rapidity that we never had a chance to call city offices between the time that the Xs appeared and the time that the trucks appeared on Monday morning."

"So if she had not answered the phone – the trees would be gone now.”

The sweet gum trees were scheduled to be removed because their roots are causing a section of the sidewalk along Westwood to crack.