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RE: Removal of downed oak tree - 402 Oak Court

From: Bonner, Christian R <"Bonner,>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:04:52 -0800

Thank you for following up regarding the tree in front of your home that failed last night.

As we discussed, the tree is not identified in the city street tree inventory and there are no work history records of city crews performing any maintenance work on this tree in the past. This tree is clearly located closer to French Ct. side of the corner lot than it is Oak Ct. side of the property.

I believe the tree was not documented as a city tree primarily because the city right of way set back is less (11’) on the French Ct. side of the property than it is on the Oak Ct. side (19'). In addition, the tree is located on the property side of a large hedge that acts as fence, which further gives the impression that the tree not a city tree.

Because of the anomaly with different set back easements of intersecting streets on your corner of your lot, it was mistakenly identified as a private tree. I apologize for this over site and I will proceed with scheduling city crews to begin work on removing the remainder of the tree before the end of the week.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further info.

Christian Bonner, City Arborist
City of Menlo Park

Christian Bonner, City Arborist
City of Menlo Park

-----Original Message-----
From: Claudia Newbold [mailto:cknewbold_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:37 PM
To: Bonner, Christian R
Subject: Removal of downed oak tree - 402 Oak Court

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 Thu Dec 18 2014 - 06:59:13 PST

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