Below is more comment on the column about Stockton’s ailing city trees.
Bill Becker writes:
“A homeowner in a reasonable state of health on a ladder, with a spotter or safety line, could get way , way up on a tree.
“Perhaps Stockton could do “tool lending library” as other cities established. Oh … that’s right … libraries are in that “service insolvency” thingy. Maybe the tree huggers could step up.”
Next up, John R. Beckman, Chief Executive Officer, BIA of the Greater Valley:
“Thank you for your acknowledgment of the requirement on new subdivisions. I’ve raised this issue with several council members in several cities with an ideal solution, but collectively the politicians are unwilling to discuss an honest solution due to the political blowback.
“As you recognize, new subdivisions have maintenance districts that pay for tree and landscaping maintenance. Over time this will create a clear delineation between areas of the city with and without maintenance districts because some parts of town will have trees and beautiful green spaces and other parts won’t.
“Before this calamity befalls the city it would be best to overlay either the parts of the city without maintenance districts or create a city wide maintenance district to save trees citywide. Speaking on behalf of the BIA we would much rather see an equal amount of trees dispersed throughout a city as opposed to the looming vision of haves and have not’s where the newer subdivisions stand as a stark contrast to the older parts of a city.
“City streets and sidewalks are in a similar situation.”
Now Harold Monroe:
“I would like to see the city come up with a plan that would bring all the parties involved to share in the process. The city would work up a plan with all of the major tree maintenance operations and … assign neighborhoods to each company.
“The city would notify these neighborhoods that this tree company has agreed to trim or remove trees at a set price with the provision that most or hopefully all the property owners in an area would agree to having their trees trimmed or removed at a set time so the tree companies could blitz an area for one or several days and make the most use of their expensive equipment. The city could review the bids submitted to the owners to ensure they are getting a fair reduced price for the work involved.”
“By getting all of the owners in a neighborhood involved they will put pressure on the reluctant owners to join the program and rid their area of dead and dying trees.
“If trees need to be replaced the city could make provisions again for reduced pricing on the approved trees that the owners would purchase and have the tree companies plant. Maybe the city could find the funds to provide the replacement trees for the owners.”