Saluda gets strict on tree trimmingPublished 6:10pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013
When commissioner Leon Morgan told her, “We’re going to notify property owners,” who would be charged for the city’s labor, she replied, “Then, I’ll do it.”
If the city trims any trees in that 18-inch right of way, the property owner will be charged for the work. If the resident does not pay, the city can put a lien on that property for the amount of the work.
At Tuesday’s extension of Monday evening’s meeting, Mayor Fred Baisden suggested prioritizing the numerous cases of interfering vegetation.
Baisden said he prefers an ongoing process of addressing the issue, rather than the city devoting all day, every day, to the exclusion of other important work. Baisden suggested sending residents on a given street a copy of the ordinance, with a statement of intent to enforce it.
“If we don’t put it in a priority list, it’s never going to get done,” continued the mayor. “We can’t forget about it.”
“We won’t forget about it,” Williams said, noting that this is more of an issue of being overburdened.