Council to consider tree removal bids

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Washington City Council will consider a bid of $13,950 from Stoutner Property Maintenance to remove 30 hazardous trees in the city, before turning its attention on just removing ash trees due to an Emerald Ash Borer outbreak.

According to a memo from the Emerald Ash Borer tree Committee, the bid is lower than anticipated and said the two groups are the last of the hazardous trees in town and the next bid is expected to be only ash trees.

Earlier this year, the council discussed its plan to deal with the discovery of Emerald Ash Borers in the county.

During the Aug. 15 meeting, the Washington City Council approved the tentative plan to remove 242 ash trees from city property as a response to reports of emerald ash borers in the area, and also to raise funding devoted to the task from $56,000 to $106,000 this year. A large amount of the money would be to purchase a used bucket truck at a cost of about $25,000; a grapple bucket for the end loader at a cost of about $10,000; and $5,000 for additional and larger chain saws and safety equipment. Discussion was also given to the city purchasing a stump grinder.

The council also will hold a public hearing regarding the sale of property at 208 E. Jefferson St.

The packet said during the Oct. 17 meeting, the council set a hearing and sought bids on the moving of the house from the site and the potential sale of 415 W. Madison St. as a potential destination for the house.

The packet reported the city had not received any bids and had only received one injury on the ownership of the house.

?Therefore, we will need to determine the best course forward,? the memo said. ?If we want to demolish the house, there should be some salvage value in the new windows throughout the house. I?m not sure at this point I feel solid about the prospects of rebidding the house moving, but we can look into whatever alternatives you would like.?

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Nicola Stoufer room of the Washington Public Library.