FOR THE TREES: Issues feed interest in new board

SOUTH WHITLEY — In recent monthly meetings, the South Whitley Town Council has entertained several comments from the public regarding tree concerns. However, the council has continued to be rooted on the issue – trees are the responsibility of the property owners. Tuesday night’s meeting was no different. Concerns over two possible dead trees were up for discussion, and the board agreed that once again, it should be the concern of the property owner. However, in this particular situation, one of the trees is on town property. As the council discussed bids for possibly removing the tree, Councilman Steve Smith mentioned the overall effect dead trees might have on the town’s appearance.A tree board would oversee the maintenance as well as mediate any concerns regarding trees within the town limits. Council members and residents present at the meeting asked questions of Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer as to the possible structure of a tree board.Forming a tree board would mean the town of South Whitley would have to make a decision on funding. If the board would be patterned after other tree boards, the town would provide monies for the board’s work. Giving the amount of tree concerns presented at meetings, council members agreed to research what it would take to form a tree board. For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 13 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.