Danville Express

Newsfront - August 24, 2007

Two trees must go

Roots breaking sidewalk on Hartz

by Jordan M. Doronila

If the two liquid amber trees outside Heritage Bank on Hartz Avenue in Danville are not removed, their roots will continue wrecking the sidewalks in that area.

"It's creating a little hazard in the community," said Town Councilwoman Candace Andersen.

To prevent more damage, the Danville Town Council approved a resolution earlier this month to remove the two trees, which are on the corner of Diablo Road, and replace them with two autumn blaze trees. The measure also calls for rebuilding the sidewalk, brick pavers, curb and gutter and paving in that area.

"The sidewalk is heavily damaged," said Ron Allen, town assistant civil engineer. "The tree roots have been the pushing the (sidewalk) up."

The repairs, part of the town's Capital Improvement Program, will cost approximately $25,000.

The liquid amber roots have been causing damage since about 1993, Allen said.

"Always public safety is going to win over a tree," Andersen said. "They (could) encroach into the bank. Someone could potentially trip."

"The Liquid Amber trees were not right for the bank," she added. "They have been buckling the sidewalks."

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