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Update on dead/dying trees in Morse Pointe
Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014
The following is an e-mail received after the Board's inquiry to the City of Noblesville regarding the removal of the dead and dying trees on our streets:
Thank you for contacting the Noblesville Street Department regarding the street trees in the City’s right-of-way.   We are aware of the dying street trees.  Unfortunately, the City has between 4500 and 5000 street trees that have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer.  I don’t know if you’ve heard of this, but it is devastating many communities in our state and several other surrounding states.  The only option at this time to try and save these trees is to treat them yearly or in some cases bi-yearly with a pesticide at a cost of $200 to $300 per treatment, per tree.  This isn’t a cost effective option with the quantity of Ash trees in our inventory.  We are working diligently to remove and replant these trees as soon as possible but this will be a multi-year project.  We have currently removed approximately 500 trees this year and are evaluating several subdivisions for removal.  The street department is handling the removal portion of this project utilizing our current staff in an effort to curb costs.  The Noblesville Common Council has committed an additional $100,000 dollars out of this year’s budget to begin reforestation of our City right-of-ways and have indicated they will continue to do so until this situation is corrected, providing funding is available.  Paul Lindeman will be addressing several issues during the replacement phase of this project.  A couple of them being diversifying our tree canopy so that we can eliminate this type of issue arising in the future.  Another item he will address is the proper placement of street trees in the right-of-way.  The street tree ordinance wasn’t always followed as it should have been in the past when subdivisions were developed.  The reason I mention this is that you and your neighbors will likely notice a slight change in planting locations due to the corrections we will be making.  It may also result in a slight decrease in the number of trees we plant.  These changes are being made to improve the health of our street trees and prevent damage from street trees to our infrastructure.
Paul and I are currently working to update the City’s Arboriculture Specifications.  Those should be available soon on our website and will likely help to explain some of the changes you may be seeing.
In closing, I don’t anticipate the removal and replacement of Morse Pointe’s street trees this year, but we are making every effort to complete this process as quickly as possible.  Any assistance you could be with getting this information out to the residents of Morse Pointe would be greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to call or email me should you have any questions.
Patty Johnson, Street Commissioner
City of Noblesville                 
1575 Pleasant Street             
Noblesville, IN  46060
office: 317-776-6348 ext. 4001
fax: 317-776-4639


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