New Post September 20, 2015
I just talked with the head of the Street Dept. and he indicated to me that he will have Ginger Woods completed by the end of September. They have a few more trees to get down in Savannah as well but due to road overlay that is holding up completion.
First Ward Alderman
(Originally from November 19, 2012)
I hope with the following information I can clear-up many of the questions regarding the removal of the Ash trees, particularly in Gingerwoods .
The email below is from our City Arborist, Bill Pauley. His memo will explain most of what has happened in the last few days.
I understand from Bill that there are 21 trees in Gingerwoods marked for removal with a red dot. Bill believes that there are really only about 3-6 trees that should have been truly marked for removal but due to the communication confusion 21 were marked.
Bill has agreed to personally visit the 21 trees in Gingerwoods and remove (paint over) the red dots on the trees that, while still infested, may survive in good condition for at least another year or more. He will leave a red dot on those he still feels needs to be removed. (The email from Bill below states that the homeowner needs to call to have the tree off the removal list, however, for Gingerwoods, Bill will be out today or tomorrow to check all 21 trees – If you would still like to call for assurance, please don’t hesitate to do so).
If your tree is removed, the stump will be removed at a later date this year. Replacement of the tree has not been determined but continues to be discussed and given budgetary consideration Citywide.
If there are more questions concerning this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Alderman Ward 1
City of Aurora
The City of Aurora on Monday began a Proactive Sweep of Subdivisions in the North East side of town. A qualified and well trained employee of the City created a list of trees by address and Marked them for removal. The Criteria for the level of Dieback and Decline was misunderstood resulting in infested trees that still appear to be in good condition being marked. All addresses with marked trees will be receiving letters in the mail about this operation. Trees that were marked have been identified as infested by bark splits, with visible galleries, woodpecker damage, and basal sprouting. If you have an x on your tree and do not want it removed at this time, Call my office number listed below , leaving your name, address and phone number and I will remove your tree from the removal list. This operation is on hold for at least 2 weeks, giving everyone who may have received a letter time to respond. Trees that are showing Crown thinning at the top with smaller leaves or complete dieback at the top (like the ones at the West Entrance to the Savanna Subdivision off Butterfield Rd) Are the trees that should have been targeted for removals. With Ash trees being the first to lose leaves we are attempting to identify trees while the canopy is still intact. Our intent is to only remove the trees with obvious decline and leave the trees that appear to be healthy for you to enjoy for another fall and summer season. Attached you will find a copy of the letter that has been mailed. I apologize for the confusion and take full responsibility miscommunication.
William A. Pauley
City of Aurora St. Dept.
New Office Number 630-256-3684
Customer Service 630-256-4636