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Old tree is a danger

Mark Brooky • Jul 23, 2015 at 1:27 PM

I must provide full disclosure. I am on the Historical Commission; however, my words represent my own beliefs and not that of the Historical Commission.

I feel that history and trees are an important part of our landscape. When I moved on River Street, it was lined with beautiful oaks. The tree canopy gave the street such a peaceful, gentle appearance. Since moving to Spring Lake Village, I have had 16 trees planted in my yard. I plan to plant one more this summer.

With regards to the discussion concerning the tree in front of Spring Lake Intermediate School, I agree that we need to keep history in mind — June 8, 2008, to be exact.

In 2006, two of the old oaks on River Street came down — one narrowly missing 14 people walking home from a football game. At that time, my husband spoke to the Village Council asking that the other older trees be removed for safety reasons. He was told the trees had been examined and were not an issue. June 8, 2008 — that proved to be false. One of Spring Lake's own, Chad DuShane, was killed instantly when a tree fell on his moving vehicle in front of my house.

If that tree is at risk of dying, if that tree is indeed as old as people claim, it needs to come down before someone is hurt. If you are willing to take responsibility for what might happen, continue your advocation for that tree. Just make sure you are willing to accept responsibility for the repercussions if that tree comes down and injures — or kills — someone. You, obviously, did not look into that little red car on River Street on June 8, 2008, after the tree fell on it. You don't feel the pain of the DuShane family.

You may be willing to choose a tree at the risk of human life; I am not, and that is why I want it removed.

Shelly Brower

Spring Lake

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