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City Hall should clean up the mess they have in their own back yard and leave the good taxpaying citizens of Sarnia alone let those concerned about removal of trees take a more positive approach and busily plant new trees.
There are plenty of folks will to accept trees and plenty of places to plant trees. So lets not get into a big tiff over a few that are taken down on ‘PRIVATE ‘property what ever the reason. We are told to tolerate each others differences, color, creed, religion etc. Put tree loving in the same category.
If your neighbour does not like and want the tree in his or her backyard, offer to pay to have it replanted in your own back yard or someplace else. Failing that have tree vigil, a good cry and say goodbye, let your neighbour do with it what they want, plant a new one in memory of it somewhere.
Stop bickering about it and quit wasting our tax dollars, city staff and elected persons time.
Why not consider a by-law to encourage people to plant trees instead? This proposed tree by-law is just another money grab for the city. As a private property owner who has planted at least 40 trees on my lot, I should continue to have the right without a permit to maintain or remove trees that I planted. This proposed bylaw has people rushing to tree services to remove trees now before a permit is required. Just ask any tree service, their business is booming as property owners don’t want to wait and see if tree removal will cost more later.
This by-law, if enacted, will take the decision as to what to do with my property out of my hands. Case in point, I have seven large Oak trees on my property. Three of them, for various reasons, should be cut down. If the powers that be, decide that they should stay, overruling me, who will be responsible for the damage caused if any of them come crashing down during a windstorm? The Arborist and its employer? In my case, one is leaning badly and two have squirrel nests chewed out inside their trunks, but they look healthy. At this moment I can not afford to pay the $2000 for each removal. Yes, large tree removal is expensive to their owners. It is easy to make a decision (City Council), if somebody else will have to pay for its implementation.
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