Watch out for falling trees

By From page A4 | July 08, 2014

I am writing with concern for the citizens of Davis. In the past few years, several of the city of Davis’ locust trees on our cul-de-sac and in nearby neighborhoods have fallen. There have been near-misses of branches hitting people and several vehicles have been damaged.

Each time a neighbor has called the city, it sends an arborist out to look over the trees and say nothing is wrong with them. How can nothing be wrong when large branches or half a tree continue to fall on private property and destroy it?

We are all concerned about a tree falling on our houses and, worse yet, killing someone. We are a neighborhood where young children play and others walk their dogs. What happens when a branch falls on them?

Where is the city’s response? A tree fell on my car just this week and if we had been inside the car, it would have killed us or, at the very least, severely hurt someone. Yes, these trees are beautiful and they make the wonderful town of Davis look nice, but is the city’s risk worth it?

In the end, we all are paying for it and something needs to be done. Someone will be hurt and to me, that risk would be too high a price to pay. I urge the City Council to take action in protecting its citizens before someone gets hurt. Davis is too special a community to lose a citizen due to inaction.

Eileen Peifer

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