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BIG FIX: Tree board commends electric department

December 14, 2012

Columbia City Police Officer Shad Hunter assesses damage to a power line after a storm in June. Post & Mail file photo

COLUMBIA CITY — The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been “excellent,” and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.

The tree board will still have more work to do in the future, in this case anticipating tree removal rather than doing it after a storm.
The city has thousands of maple trees that were planted in the early 1960s, and the 50-year lifespan of these trees is nearing its end.
Most of the trees that came down in the storm last June were maple. There are 46 trees to be removed in the coming year, 28 of them being maple.

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