Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2000

Citizens voice distaste of city’s cleanup procedures

June 29, 2000

Cleaning up was on the minds of a couple of residents at the Eudora City Council meeting on Monday.

Donna Herl came before the council complaining city workers had accidentally chopped down a tree on her property. Herl, a Grandview Trailer Court resident, said workers were trimming trees three weeks ago growing close to power lines and cut down a persimmon tree in her yard.

The tree was a gift from her daughter and was valued at over $400, according to a Lawrence greenhouse. Herl requested the city pull up the stump left in her yard, citing a possible safety hazard.

"I also need restitution for the tree," Herl said.

Eldon Brown, electric department head, said the owner of the park gave the city permission to trim any trees under the power lines and to totally cut down only those near the poles.

Council member Tom Pyle said he didn't agree with paying for trees cut by the city, especially those interfering with power lines.

"If you start paying for a tree then sooner or later everybody who has a tree that needs trimmed wants (to be) paid for it," Pyle said.

City attorney Jerry Cooley said the matter would have to be studied for insurance reasons concerning reimbursement.

Until the matter could be studied and resolved, Mayor Fred Stewart said he would personally dig up the remaining stump for Herl.

The council also heard a complaint from Brent Arterburn, Pinecrest II apartments, of excess growth and shrubbery growing west of Pinecrest on property owned by Commercial Management.

Arterburn claims the owner was notified on June 6 of the disturbance and according to the city code had 10 days to comply with Eudora city code concerning "unsightly" property.

In other action, the council:

approved placing ads for two linemen and one street department worker.

discussed giving all unnamed parks, including athletic fields, names per request of recreation director Cara Kimberlin.

discussed replacing two old pickups with two new trucks for the city shop.

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