“We made a mistake,” Deering said. “We offered to repair the ground and plant new trees ... but then we didn’t hear anything until we received the letter from the city attorney demanding payment.”
The city had a tree appraiser establish the value of the trees, then added the cost to plant new trees and repair damage to the lawn area.
Neighbor Deven Larrance said he wasn’t pleased to see the trees removed.
“I was pretty angry; that one on Franklin was a big old oak tree. It was beautiful,” Larrance said. “You would think a big outfit like that would know it needed a permit.”
Larrance said an older woman previously owned the home and her yard was both beautiful and meticulous. The current owners bought it and started to gut the inside of the house and removed the trees. They then apparently changed their minds and put the house back on the market.
“It’s a beautiful old house, and it’s going to be hard to find someone to buy a house that’s been gutted, with no trees,” Larrance said.