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Tree troubles

Power knocked out to 6 homes as big limb falls

August 8, 2013

A large tree limb, already damaged from last year's June derecho, fell across Wells Avenue in Marietta's Norwood district Wednesday afternoon, leaving six homes without power....

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Aug-08-13 9:48 PM

Why does the city drag their feet on the tree trimming? I rarely see them out doing anything related to trimming the trees. They are supposed to be trimmed 8-10 feet above sidewalks and 14 feet above the road. I don't think I have ever seen them out cutting anything.

Is it a money thing again? And if do they have money to rip up every single sidewalk at each intersection to install these raised pads for the vision impaired??

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Aug-08-13 9:33 PM

The tree issue in Marietta really needs to be addressed. More than a few of these trees need some serious trimming. There are 3 on the 200 block of Franklin Street that need trimming. Every time we have a storm, I wait for more branches to fall. Twice branches have fallen and blocked the street. Last summer a branch fell on an SUV traveling down the street. Once the city has been notified about these problem trees and nothing is done, when one falls and injures someone, is it considered an "act of God" or is the city liable?

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Aug-08-13 7:26 PM

We have contacted/talked to Roger Kalter several times about a land slip on Quarry Street at the top. In the winter, water drains across the street at the slip, causing a ice patch on the street. He came up and looked at it, said it was a problem and promised to take care of it. That was the last we have seen or heard from him, guess when an accident occurs, not only will the city be sued, but also Kalter, for making the promise in front of three people.

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Aug-08-13 11:54 AM

seems like if the homeowner had called the city and they did nothing until damage was done to the property, the city is liable for the cost of the damages. It's THEIR trees!

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Aug-08-13 9:41 AM

Seriously? "Ortt said the loss is likely due to climate change, noting that even with a wetter-than-average July, much of the last few years have been impacted by drought." How about if the City REALLY took care of it's trees this one would have been taken care of last year when it was damaged and not ignored like so many of our damaged trees are. After speaking with my insurance company, I followed their advice and threatened to sue the City if they did not remove a termite ridden huge tree that was damaged in last year's storm. And Marilyn, I CALLED THREE TIMES about the damage, no one EVER showed up. So much for checking that " base every morning...". Maybe it's time we put homeowner's safety BEFORE the dem trees!!!!!!!!!!!

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Aug-08-13 9:37 AM

There is a tree on Grant Street that has pushed up through the sidewalk and broken the concrete. Another concern is a water leak because the street is always wet along the curb on that side. Yes, the city was called.....

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Aug-08-13 9:30 AM

If Marilyn Ortt would quit hugging every tree in town and listen to the people who live in the area we would be better informed about trees. The couple who live in the area has contacted the tree commission numerous times about this same tree. Same answer every time, tree is in good shape.

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Aug-08-13 9:23 AM

They need to take out the tree on Kenwood and Wells Street too. The tree has damaged the sidewalks and is way to big for the area it's in.

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Aug-08-13 9:16 AM

Giant water maple cracked/split on the island, jeopardizing 1, maybe 2 homes, property and utilities. Nothing being done in Lowell as well....

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