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The City of Springfield is starting to remove the damaged trees from the ice storm. But one neighborhood is concerned about the effects this will have on its scenery. KSMU's Emily Nash reports.
The City of Springfield has begun removing trees that are damaged from the recent ice storm.
But Residents in one neighborhood in Springfield are concerned the city might be cutting down too many trees.
Jeff Barber is the Chair of the Roundtree Neighborhood Association.
He says removing a large number of trees in Roundtree Neighborhood would be removing an important part of its character.
The city's debris removal contractor has been marking trees with orange paint that will be cut down.
Springfield Public Works estimates about 10 percent of public trees in Springfield will be removed due to safety risks.
Alan Moore is the Public Work's Urban Forester.
He says the city is following FEMA safety guidelines for determining what trees to remove.
A program called "NeighborWood" is available for funding the reforestation of neighborhoods that loose trees.
Because of the importance of trees in Roundtree Neighborhood, the Roundtree Neighborhood Association is asking the city to wait before any trees are removed in the area.
Barber says residents of Rountree Neighborhood would like a third party to determine what trees are necessary to remove and what trees can remain for scenery.
The Roundtree Neighborhood Association is holding a special meeting Monday February 19th at 7pm in the Roundtree Elementary All-Purpose room to address this issue with city officials.