Friday, November 21, 2008

Tree Grants?

Looks like the Eureka City Council is sticking to their idea of lining the streets with trees. I guess it should come as no surprise to me that, despite the state supposedly being broke, there's still money being allotted to grants for "urban forestry".

Seems to me some of the first posts I made here when I first started this blog years ago were critical of this tree- lined city idea. I stand by that and am convinced this is not a good idea as it will only cost the city more and more money as time goes on. Sure, these grants supposedly pay for the planting, but then the city will be responsible for maintenance.

Maintenance can be pricey. Heck, even the disposal of fallen leaves can be a considerable task. Eureka has already cut street cleaning down to once a month, didn't they? There's gonna be a lot more to clean up once all these trees are planted. Never mind pruning and removal of dead branches.

Not a good idea, but it makes some on the council feel good. Makes me even more convinced there's a good likelihood of Eureka eventually joining the supposed growing list, according to the Sacramento Bee, of municipalities around the state discussing bankruptcy.

As always, if asked for a login to the Sacramento Bee site, you can use humboldtlib as the username and blogspot for a password.


At 10:34 AM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

Fred might like the sterile suburbs of McKinleyville around Heartwood (the street that Opie's and the Mormon church are on). No trees.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Maybe I would. Maybe I wouldn't but, fact is, trees do cause problems. I don't have a problem if people want to plant trees on their property. It doesn't seem like a good idea to me to have taxpayer money fund tree planting exacerbating the problems we already have with trees.

At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the more established treelined streets have become some of the best neighborhoods in the city

Sorry Fred. I disagree throughly with your arguement here-

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Fred said...

What neighborhoods in particular? The "best neighborhoods" I'm thinking of are anywhere but the west, or northwest, side of town.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we need to be complaining about is NOT TREES but giving our money to junkies so they can get free cookers , syringes and straps for their armso , they can shoot up meth . What next ? Free meth ? Let , Mayor Bass know what you think about whoevers stupid idea this was .

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deciduous trees along the streets are the gift that keeps on giving. Giving big, sloppy wet leaves every fall and winter for plugging up the storm drains and for causing expensive slip-fall suits against the City.

Did you see the beautiful tall deep green cypress trees the City just cut down at G Street at 7th? Too lazy to re-pour a sidewalk, the lovely old trees had to be cut down in their prime.

That's what this tree-planting expeditionary force is - long-term job-security insurance for City-paid tree cutters.



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