Anyone traveling U.S. 224 in the city of Canfield will have noticed tree crews taking down some pretty big trees in the right-of-way. The project has been the focus of a flood of phone calls to the city as residents are concerned about the removal.
"The mayor and council members have been getting calls relative to the removal of these large maples and oak trees along U.S. 224," Warino said."The reason the city is removing them is because they have been showing signs of disease and distress."
He said the trees have a large amount of dead wood on them. The city's certified arborist has identified these trees and recommended to the park and recreation committee that they be removed to avoid having them come down during a high wind or seasonal storm.
"It might also be worthy to note that a few of the named trees were damaged during the cutting by First Energy, who earlier in the spring removed large portions of the trees around their electric lines," Warino said.
He said the city is not just arbitrarily removing the trees without the health and safety of the community in mind. Taking them down now will remove the potential of a vehicle, or worse, a person, being struck by a large limb.