Last week I was out mowing the yard. Here I am putting around the yard. When I look across the street and I noticed a city worker had made his away to my neighbor’s front door. I watched as rang the doorbell and watch as he spoke to my neighbor for about five minutes then left. My neighbor looked crestfallen after that man left his porch.
Before he could make his way into the house, I called across the street to make sure that everything was ok. He explained to me that he had just received a citation for not trimming his trees at the front of the house. That a few people had to complain about their visibility when driving. He was a little surprise because for years he thought that it was the city’s responsibility and not the homeowner. So imagine his surprise when a city official stop by to hand home a warning and a deadline to have it completed.
That had me considering my own trees. I noticed that a few of my trees were hanging a little too low for my liking. Not only do I need my trees trimmed but I could also use a bit of tree pruning as well. I rather pay to have someone do that then to pay the city anything more than my taxes, if you know what I am saying?
After consulting with a few tree service business I have finally settle with one. One that knows the rules and expectation of the city. They should be out here within the next few days.
I think I will also have them check out the trees in the back yard as well, they ae very close to the lines and transformers. After learning that the city does not trim or prune, those trees near the street I am sure the utility workers do not trim those limbs near the power lines. I may have to research it before they get here in a few days.
Turns out that I was right the gas and electric company no longer provide that service. Unless it is a storm or something otherwise it something that the landowner will have to take care of themselves. Nevertheless, they were more than happy to recommend a few companies that I could use other than that they was nothing they could do. Looks like they will be trimming the trees in the back as well. Just not it out of the way in one hit.
I hate to say this but I am a little happy that my neighbor received that citation. Not that I am happy that he may have to pay a huge fine if he doesn’t take care of those limbs near the street. Now I know that it is up to me to clear away limbs and branches that obscure the vision of motorist, create a dangerous situation for those people using the sidewalk, or interfere with power lines or transformers. Who knew, right?