Does the city remove dead trees from the right of way?

Tree trimming along Jefferson and Gardner Expressway on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.
Jake Shane1|
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 12:01 am

There seems to be a lot of dead trees on the right of way that need to come down. Does the city do that?

The Department of Central Services has a forestry crew that handles tree removal, as well as trimming of trees that are on city rights of way.

In 2017, the forestry crew closed 865 tickets, according to Central Services records.

This includes tree trimming and tree and stump removal, as well as other tree and other cleanup-related issues.

Director of Central Services Kevin McClean said the best way for a resident to notify the city about a tree that should be removed is by contacting an aldermen, who passes it along to Central Services. Aldermen contact information is on the city's website,

In the case of the city's emerald ash borer management plan, it has hired private contractors to remove some larger ash trees that are not being treated with an injectable pesticide.

Ash trees that are infested with the invasive beetle can have dead limbs fall off quickly, posing a safety risk.

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