Brentwood resident, Kurt Reilly, wrote to Mayor David Dimmitt (copying 40 South) that a tree on a creek behind Rosalie Avenue set to be removed is healthy, and is providing protection from erosion of the creek bank, and also that Davey Tree has well worn out it’s beneficial service to the city.
The resident’s letter, along with pictures of the tree:
I am writing this email in my opposition to a tree that has been selected for removal. The tree in question is along the creek bank behind 8501 Rosalie Ave. This tree appears to be perfectly healthy and is providing defense against erosion of the creek bank. The location at the outside of the bend in the creek is critical to prevent the bank from eroding to and underneath of the bike/walking path that runs along that area. All the trees along that area should be left alone and NOT removed so they can do their job! I have seen other areas along the creek such as in Oak Tree Park that you have filled in with large rocks and covered with fencing to prevent the loss of the creek bank. This is not an elegant solution and makes our creek look like the River Des Peres.
The fact that this tree has been selected for removal has solidified my suspicion that the Davey Tree Service contract with Brentwood has well worn out it’s beneficial service. I walk all over Brentwood and the number of healthy trees cut down not posing any risks is absolutely staggering. I would love to see the figures of the trees removed and the total cost charged to the Brentwood tax payers over the past two years, I’m sure it would be eye opening for the citizens. If you let Davey decide what trees need to be removed this contract will never end. They are lining their pockets with our money and will never stop until we say enough!
I have attached pictures of the tree in question to this email. You can clearly see that the creek bank is much wider surrounding this tree proving my point to keep this tree in place. Just north of this tree where all the trees and bushes have been removed, the bank has already crept up to the edge of the path.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, Kurt Reilly