Commissioners vote to implement tree plan Print

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners voted Monday, Feb. 18 to approve a plan to cut several severely diseased trees on the lawn of the Haywood County Courthouse, based on the recommendations of a certified arborist.

A report prepared by the arborist found 7 of 12 sugar maples on the campus to contain multiple hazardous defects that posed significant risks to the trees and raised the risk to the public and the courthouse building due to falling limbs or weather that could split the trees. These defects included weak branch unions, decay and cracks in several places. The report ruled out pruning as a viable option to reduce the risk. The report indicated an additional four maples had medium risks.

Commissioners authorized County Manager Marty Stamey to proceed with cutting down the trees as soon as possible and to proceed with developing a plan for planting new trees.  A videotape of the meeting will air this week on HCTV, the Haywood County Government Access Channel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, and again at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday. This schedule will be repeated next week. HCTV is available on Channel 11 for Charter Communications customers and Channel 2 for Carolina Mountain Cable customers. Following is a copy of the report issued by the arborist:

For questions, or more information, please contact the County Manager's office at 828.452.6625.