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City Engineer: 10th Street NW trees will not be removed

MASON CITY – Marked trees on 10th Street NW are safe at this time.

City Engineer Mark Rahm confirmed today that no trees are scheduled to be removed on 10th Street NW.

NIT readers had asked us to find out if trees along their street were slated to be removed.  They were concerned about vertical white lines that were painted on them.

“All the markings there are for preliminary work on a possible sewer project,” Rahm explained.  “It’s part of a project that would be proposed for 2014 budget.”

10th Street NW, between Federal Avenue and Monroe Park, has quite a bit of painted lines and markings on the street, and perhaps two or three dozen trees have white, vertical lines painted on them.  Typically, trees with a white “X” indicate removal.  The white vertical lines were puzzling and not seen often, so people in the area were seeking answers.

“All of the trees have been marked. We have been in touch with the Council to find out what is going on but have not got an answer,” an NIT reader wrote this weekend. “We were told by other people involved in the project that all of the trees will be cut down. 10th St is a beautiful street, tree lined with old houses. This will completely destroy the look of the street.

“We were told the project could be done without removing the trees but would cost a little more – which considering all of the spurious things the council spends it’s money on, seems crazy. The big thing is we haven’t been told anything – we want to know what is happening and why the trees will be cut down.”

The answer, so far, is no. The trees are safe at this time.

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