Tree trimming discussions tangling solutions to growing problem

Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City Council is closing in on a solution to the city’s growing tree limbs.

City Administrator Steve Diers tells North Iowa News there could be as many as 3,000 trees that are breaking city code of 14 feet street side clearance and 8 feet sidewalk clearance.  The council’s conclusion is to have a contractor come in and trim.

Diers ssays they’re still discussing who the city bills or if the city accesses the property owner.

 

At the next meeting, the council will decided who’s footing the $150,000 bill.

The city could potentially pay for it.

He says while there are certain services the city is trying to finding funding solutions for, like the ambulance, he adds the money comes from two different areas of the budget.

 

All trees can be trimmed during the 2019 season meaning the money can come from the end of fiscal year 2019 and the binning of fiscal year 2020.

He adds this process is more than just clipping a few branches and paying for it.