SLO workers, committee battle over crooked tree
October 30, 2014
City workers say a downtown San Luis Obispo tree should be cut down because it is damaging the sidewalk and creating safety and drainage issues, but an often-ignored city committee insists that the tree must stay. [KSBY]
San Luis Obispo employees, including the city arborist and public works inspector argue that a crooked-growing tree is causing problems on Higuera Street. City staff recommended cutting the tree, fixing the sidewalk and planting a new one.
That option would cost around $25,000 and could be completed in a week, public works inspector Kyle Rowland said.
But, the San Luis Obispo Tree Committee has rejected the idea. The committee recommended instead that the city build a sidewalk around the tree, which would take the place of two existing curbside parking spots.
Such a project would cost upwards of $45,000 and would not begin until next July.
The tree committee’s recommendation has also upset the business in front of which the crooked tree stands.
“I don’t think that is the best idea,” said Domenick Fountain, a supervisor at the Cal Poly Downtown Store.
Fountain said the project would block the display in the Cal Poly store windows, in addition to costing extra and taking away parking.
If public works staff were to remove the tree, it must first meet ADA requirements and gain the approval of the tree committee and city council.