county's handy work

Since: Mar 10


#1 Mar 25, 2010
Monday the county was out here and butchered up a scotch pine tree, of course, when they were doing this, I called the engineers office as well as the commissioners office, as much as we pay in taxes, nobody answered the phone, go figure. nobody called me back either so I called the commissioners office, spoke with them, and here is the e-mail I received.
I have I think found where the complaint was lodged and what happened. The school busses from XXXXXXXXX use that road and intersection had complained to the superintendent about safety and visibility. The superintendent called the XXXXXXXX Township Trustees to have the tree trimmed. The trustees did not have the proper equipment so they asked the Engineer to provide a crew to trim the tree which they did. I think if you have an issue it should be addressed to the trustees. Again looking at the photo the tree could be balanced by trimming up the other side since it looks like it would interfere with mowing anyway. It is the landowners responsibility to have a clear view at driveways and intersections along their property. Beyond that it is local governments responsibility to enforce those rules.
So, of course, I called the trustees, spoke with 2 of them, and I dont think they told the county that, if I understood correctly, they said a complaint was made about this tree, it is on a county road and since it wasnt a township road, they told them it needed CHECKED.
Next, I spoke with the school superintendent, he said, no call was ever made by him to anyone, and if that was the case, he would have called me on the phone and told me, not the township, and he contacted the commissioners office wanting this cleared up, of course, I have heard nothing.

Since: Mar 10


#2 Mar 25, 2010
About 10 years ago, a whining neighbor complained about that tree, as well as a pussy willow tree, like many people, we were unaware of right aways, ect, the pussy willow tree was in the right of way, but the pine wasnt. The pussy willow was cut down, but after getting an attorney, it was proven, the pine tree was 4-5 inches on our side of the right away and they couldnt cut it down. Now, the county had been trimming trees on this road last week, were north of me, then cutting south of me, never bothered my tree, until Moday, I seen that same neighbor where the work crew was, and in short order, they were down here butchering this tree. Coincidence?? I might have thought that, except, the superintendent did not call, and I dont recall any trustee from the township telling me they didnt have a saw to trim a tree. Now, what the county did, in their vast wisdom, was strip this tree of all branches on the east side, which faces the road, and also, north branches, 14 ft up!!! I said about 20, it was measured today. I stand corrected, was every bit of 14 ft, now remember, this is a scotch pine tree. The county claims, are within their rights because branches from the tree are in the right of way, if i read the revised code, is their right if it is blocking visibility to an intersection or driveway. Now, I live on a corner lot, on a crossroad, this tree is quite a bit over half ways down my property, being an acre, and not being in the right of way, is quite a ways off the road, which means, its really not very close to the intersection. We are all for safe travel on these road, and if there was a problem branch, or 2, I have no problem having them trimmed, but this indeed was not what was done to this tree. It was literally stripped 14 ft up, on 1 side. Again, I was never notified they would be on my property damaging it, they just did it. Tuesday I got a phone call from the county superintendents office, said he drove by and it didnt look that bad to him, well, is a pine tree, in order to see the damage they did to this tree,( except for the obvious that its stripped on 1 side) you would have to actually stop your truck, open the door, get off your rear end and look under the tree. of course, this was not done, merely assessed by driving by.

Since: Mar 10


#3 Mar 25, 2010
I have never posted on this forum, so am not quite sure how to post pictures, so I dont lose this, am going to post and then try to get the pictures to load up. Anyone wishing to see them, if I am unable to get them up loaded, are welcome to them. They clearly show the 'nubs' left by this handy work, and I also have pictures to show where you stop at the stop sign at the intersection and unless you are trying to run the stop sign, there should have not been an issue.

I also e-mailed the commissioners office tuesday as to when their next meeting was, how do I get on the agenda, and what their protocol was, again, I got no reply.

I am not sure where I am going with this, but, am going to find out who the liar is, and probably save myself some money by doing the who did, didnt, ect before I seek legal advise. There is no reason I should pay an attorney to do the leg work I can frankly, do myself.

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