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318 Pope Street

From: domainremoved <Brian>
Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2017 13:18:21 -0700

I am writing to you concerning the request to remove a tree at 318 Pope
Street that is on your agenda for Tuesday June 6th. I live in the Willows,
though several blocks from 318 Pope Street, and I also have a very tall
coast redwood on my property. While I believe mine to be in good condition
it is still a concern for my family and my neighbors and one we have
discussed several times. There are several of these redwood trees in the
Willows neighborhood, to my knowledge all planted by homeowners since the
area was developed in the late 1940. These trees are not native to this
area and in pictures I have of the area before the houses were built there
are no redwood trees visible. These trees tower above everything else in
the neighborhood and on windy days/nights they catch the full force of the
wind. That is what concerns my neighbors and I, because a failure by the
tree in my yard would certainly result in property damage and possibly
injury or loss of life.

I have read three arborists reports on the redwood tree at 318 Pope and
they have conclusions like:

"This tree is currently high risk and will continue to be high risk
regardless of what tree service options are employed."

"Because of this trees poor growth form and the trees target at a failure
being the home or neighbors home, I am recommending this tree to be removed
as it is a hazard to the property.

"...this tree has a serious structural flaw that could cause it to split in
three different directions. When failure occurs this tree will
cause enormous property damage and loss of life is highly likely. The
likelihood of tree failure in this instance is high."

I am not a tree expert and I am only going by what I have read in these
reports, but they do not paint a picture that would make me feel safe
living anywhere near that tree on a windy night. Given that since July 1,
2014 Menlo Park has only denied heritage tree removal requests in about 4%
of applications, data provided by Interim sustainability Manager Clay
Curtin, this seems like a simple decision. I would have to doubt that the
trees in the other 96% of requests were deemed to be in worse shape than
this one. Maybe as a mitigating action the city could request the
homeowners plant another tree that would grow into a Heritage tree and not
pose the same risks at a coast redwood.

I encourage you to consider the safety of the property owners and the
nearby residents and vote to allow this removal.

Best Regards

Brian Gilmer
Resident of the Willows Neighborhood
Received on Fri Jun 02 2017 - 13:22:32 PDT

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