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Removal of downed oak tree - 402 Oak Court

From: domainremoved <Claudia>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:36:40 -0800

Christian - this is to acknowledge our discussion today at your office and your visit to my property afterwards. As you know, my oak tree fell into power lines on Oak Court late yesterday. Public Work crews worked throughout the nite to remove tree limbs from the power lines and open 1 lane on Oak Court and French Court. As I told you today, the work done by the Public Works crew was exemplary and made our entire neighborhood safer. I further explained that for many years this oak tree has been treated as a "street tree" and has been pruned at least twice by Menlo Park Public Works. You then told me that this tree is not in the City's inventory of street trees and there is no record of work orders for previous pruning. When you visited my property, we measured the distance from Oak Court to the center of the downed tree. That distance was less than 19 feet. Although this measurement meets the definition of a "street tree", you then said "My position is this is not a street tree."

Frankly, not only is your assertion illogical but simply doesn't seem right to me. How could the City have taken responsibility for pruning in the past and suddenly decide they have no further responsibility?

I will proceed, as you suggested, to get quotes to remove the tree but I DO THIS UNDER PROTEST and intend to consider all legal remedies that are available to me.

Claudia Newbold
402 Oak Court
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Wed Dec 17 2014 - 13:30:48 PST

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