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Letter: Forester offers reminder about hazardous, diseased trees

To the editor:

The city of Shawano will be removing hazardous and diseased trees in the city between Oct. 15 and Dec. 31. Please be aware of the potential risk of injury when these trees are being taken down and avoid walking or traveling by vehicle near the contractor conducting the work.

There are two trees in Memorial Park that will be removed near the southeast playgrounds. For your safety, please avoid use of the playground while the trees are being removed.

The city is also in the process of identifying and notifying private property owners of hazardous/diseased trees that need to be removed on their respective properties. We are asking private property owners to visually inspect their property to determine if there are any dead and/or potentially hazardous/diseased trees present.

According to Shawano Municipal Code Section 9.06(8)(a) “the city shall have the right to cause removal of any dead, hazardous or diseased trees on private property within the city when such trees constitute a hazard to life and/or property, including but not limited to utility lines, or harbor insects or disease which constitutes a potential threat to other trees within the city.”

We are hoping that individual property owners will voluntarily remove trees on their property that are considered hazardous or diseased. The city thanks private property owners for their cooperation and consideration for the safety of others and the health of the trees in the city of Shawano.

If you have questions regarding individual trees that may be in question, please contact the city forester at 715-526-3512.

Mike Kroenke,

City of Shawano forester