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Tree removal upsets Raleigh neighborhood

Posted November 7, 2008

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— Trees that stood for a century on private property in one Raleigh neighborhood had to come down, city officials say.

Crews cut trees in the Quail Hollow subdivision this week as required by law, so there could be easier access, in case of an emergency, to a sewer line that runs through the area.

Raleigh City Councilman Rodger Koopman, who represents the area, said the city is closely monitoring the project and making sure only trees that need to be cut get cut.

"When there is an emergency, we have to be able to get to it right away," Koopman said.

The project has been ongoing, and during the next 10 to 15 years, the city will continue cutting trees to get access to sewer lines across the city.

But residents in the Quail Hollow subdivision are upset.

"(Cutting the trees) devalues the value of your home," homeowner Wayne Sirois said. "This is my house. I spent $5,000 having it landscaped."

State law mandates municipalities to maintain sewer lines and keep them clean and free from obstruction. Failure to do so could mean fines for the city.


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  • whatelseisnew Nov 7, 2008

    Ah but don't you dare TRIM a tree too much. The Raleigh Tree Trimming Storm trooper will be after your wallet.

  • Myword Nov 7, 2008

    Trees are doomed in Raleigh. Concrete now rules the roost.

  • Nothing New Nov 7, 2008

    Which was there first, the tree or the sewer line? If the tree then move the sewer line, the tree should be grandfathered and right over the line.

  • colliedave Nov 7, 2008

    What is more important, a tree or indoor plumbing? If they want to save the tree, then build an outhouse.

  • rand321 Nov 7, 2008

    Shouldn't the city alert ALL property owners through out teh city of what trees will be coming down and when?

    also, how come raleigh has 100 year sewer lines that would have trees planted on them to obstruct the line. If the line was put in and the rules changed to grant the sewer easement, then the property owners might be entitled to some compensattion.

  • bushisaretard Nov 7, 2008

    And how about Progress Energy cutting trees that pose no threat to their transmission lines?

  • Pseudonym Nov 7, 2008

    Those homeowners would be the first to complain if that sewer line backed up and crews couldn't fix it in a timely fashion because there were trees in the way.