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Posted on: June 16, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Hazard Trees to be Removed at Azalea Park

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Removal of about three dozen trees which are presenting a hazard to Azalea Park users and nearby electric transmission lines will begin on June 20.

The trees are located along Lundeen Lane and adjacent to the KidTown Playground. “Numerous branches have fallen from the trees, and one tree was toppled by wind earlier this year,” said City Manager Gary Milliman. “We had to contract for the removal of that tree as it was hung-up in the other trees and was dangerously overhanging a building.”

Removal of the trees is also in an area where park improvements are planned.

“As we make improvements to the athletic fields adjacent to Lundeen Lane, we will need to make road improvements to accommodate additional traffic, and some of these trees would need to be removed,” Milliman noted.

The tree removal is being funded by Coos Curry Electric Cooperative (CCEC). “Both of our organizations take the matter of public safety very seriously,” Milliman said. “After consulting with experts from Western Pacific Tree Service (WPTS), we confirmed that the trees along Lundeen are a danger to the public visiting the park as well as nearby residents.”

CCEC’s high-voltage transmission lines run along Lundeen and are within reach of the trees if they fall.

“Since these trees are within the right-of-way for our transmission line, the Cooperative will take the lead in having them removed just as we do for regular tree trimming and removal projects in our distribution system rights-of-way,” said Roger Meader, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of CCEC.

The trees will be purchased by South Coast Lumber Company and the City will use the proceeds for park improvements, including planting deciduous trees in the Lundeen Lane section of the park as provided in the park master plan.

WPTS expects to complete the removal project within one week.

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