On June 10th we told our facebook followers the sad news that
the ash tree in front of our building had died.
A man from the City had just been by to let us know it would be cut
down. That set in motion the following
set of events that have taken place in the past month:
1.An electrical contractor came by to assess the
removal of wiring & lights on the tree
2.The tree surgeon contracted by the City came by
to assess the tree and take photos
3.A gentleman in a City vehicle labeled “Parks”
came by, stood by the tree and looked it up and down.
4.Another gentleman in a City vehicle labeled “Roads”
came by, stood by the tree, looked it up and down, got a pick-axe from his
truck, looked mostly at the cement around the base, put the tool back and left.
5.The electrical contractor (we assume because we
didn’t actually view this with our own eyes) removed the wiring attached to the
tree. Evidence found – cut tie-wraps that once held wire and electrical box to
6.4 men in orange attire came and removed the nine
sidewalk stones around the base of the tree and placed 6 caution cones in their
7.3 summer students with their City electrical
specialist supervisor came to take down the Christmas Lights in the tree. Climbing
the tree wasn’t working for them so we loaned them a ladder.
8.A gentleman from Forestry came by with a
clipboard to assess the tree, as he was assessing the state of all trees and
grates (at the base of the trees ) in the area.
9.Just today a young woman from the Forestry Dept.
came by, stood on the grate, in a skirt and heels, pondered things and left
It’s now been almost exactly a month since Ellen called the
City to report our sick tree. We have
watched the constant parade of specialists and technicians come and go – and still
the sad, leaf-free, bark-hanging hulk of a once-beautiful ash tree still
stands. And there are two more just like
it across the street and that are already half-dead… and no one has even looked at them yet.