Hazardous trees to be removed

As a result of damage from Hurricane Florence, the City had to remove a large limb that was damaged and hanging by a thread. It was the limb that hung over the porch of City Hall. The City consulted with an Arborist to come in and assess the tree as well as the one next to it due to their age/condition and their location in proximity to the St. Philips Chapel and the Old City Hall/Courthouse. Due to the hazardous condition of the trees, the history of issues with the trees, the level of risk to pedestrians,  and the location of the trees and historical value of the buildings, the arborist is recommending that both trees be removed. Due to all of these issues and the recommendation by an ISA Certified Arborist, the City will be removing the trees Friday 10/18. The Forestry Committee is working with City Staff to price out options for replanting a large 200 gallon tree in the immediate area to make up for the canopy that will be lost.