Skip to comments.Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning
Posted on 05/28/2011 11:29:56 AM PDT by barmag25
Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.
But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.
"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member.
The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.
"I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it," Sales said. "We trim our trees back every three years all over our property, and this is the first time we have been fined."
Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/05/28/2333197/church-fined-for-improper-tree.html#ixzz1Nfkq048B
(Excerpt) Read more at charlotteobserver.com ...
These people levying the fines are the same Environmental types who know nothing about trees or rivers. Here in Mtns they put beavers in areas where none ever existed, and fell trees into creeks at natural parks, so children can’t float down streams. They are kooks raised in city, with no common sense!
Some mathematicians could be in deep trouble.
Some folks will not be happy until there is a law governing every activity of man. We’re almost there.
the left likes to say there is a separation of church and state
so why should the church bother to pay such a fine?
they exist outside the system
City of Charlotte is revenuing with tree pruning. I’d bet they are revenuing with outrageous traffic ticketing as well.
It’s get a lawyer time.
Ruling by creating laws to make innocent people guilty of something.
My friend you are a bit naive. That money does not go to save the endangered salmon or anything of sort, it goes into a general fund, or to fund their salaries and pensions.
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”
Anybody who doesn’t think that all this political correctness and environmentalism isn’t tearing a nation to shreds is just not mentally or morally awake.
Hey, they have Kyle Busch up in those parts. Kyle alone should sustain the speeding revenue. (168 mph in a 45 mph zone).
Yep. Charlotte Police tend to pull over anything that moves in search for an excuse to ticket you.
It looks like they trimmed those trees within an inch of their lives.
I used to drive past a house where they did the same thing. They basically cut all the way to the trunk and then these itty bitty branches grow. This is mutilation and wasteful. This last year the trees finally gave up and died.
Get an arborist to trim your trees.
Charlotte used to be a pretty darn good place to go to when attending the races.
Then the Yankees moved down there and trashed the place.
The church owns the trees. Why don’t you just mind your own f’n business?
Part of the ultra-liberal homosexual ordaining PCUSA. Slowly declining membership (365 members) Average worship attendance 194 (and a much sharper decline than for membership), Annual giving $486,384. All numbers are latest available for 2009.
Who gives a s***? They're trees.
Your sentimental post sounds more like they were painfully cutting limbs from a family member, as opposed to something made of freaking WOOD.
LOL. Long time since I heard that term.
I thought there was no such thing as over-pruning a crape myrtle! Haven’t they ever heard of crape murder? I’ve seen them pruned back so far it looked like there was no possible way they would survive, but come summer, they were blooming in all their glory.
Imagine the pain those trees felt. We should appoint a court guardian and psychologist for them.
"Get an arborist to trim your trees..." that's on my next to do list, right after getting a nanny to tie my shoes. Memo to you: They're trees. Just trees. If you cut them too much one year, you let them grow the next. In the unlikely event that they die, use them for heat and plant new ones.
Nonetheless, covet not thine neighbor's ox, nor ass, nor trees. They're his dang ugly trees.
Pay for it...they are my trees, YES?
Branches grow back, politicians lose jobs for stunts like this rightfully so.
Or a couple teenagers with two cable saws might kill eight or 900 city trees in a single night.
And maybe do it again in September.
Where is that “Respect My Authority” graphic?
Half fail on the href, there. Giving self partial credit for working link.
Cut them all down.
Send this guy.
This and the story about the Missouri couple being fined $90,000 for selling more than $500 a year of rabbits need to go center stage with the Tea Party. Government is out of control. It’s time for revolution. I’m praying it will be peaceful as possible.
Were I in charge of landscaping at the church, I’d cut every trimmed tree down to the ground. Then I’d pay the fine for excessive trimming. And there would be no other trees planted on the property until the law is changed.
I love it when government steps in to help.
Someone on the local government must be in need of revenue dearly.
While they’re at it they should cut themselves a switch or two and thrash the LS out of certain persons in city govt.
Well, more like selectively applying those laws to target certain groups and peoples to collect revenue.
But in general, yes, they make these laws to make innocent people guilty of something.
We have so many “felonies” now all that is is to take away your 2A rights. Shouting is ‘domestic violence’ and there goes your 2A rights.
This tree cutting is a symptom of a far more dangerous cancer.
Wouldn’t it be funny if the mayor and the city council members had their trees excessively pruned?
Good luck on figuring out where those shells came from. Iran is close to home right right.
You should see what the electric company did to my maple tree. I doubt they will pay $100/branch.
Maybe I have them arrested for assault and battery on my tree.
Don’t even get me started on the tons of maryjane over the fence in central america.
“City trees” includes those trees between the sidewalk and the curb.
Tree Work Permit
Since the City of Ithaca is lucky enough to have such a large and diverse urban forest, we understand that work will have to be done near the City trees. The Division of Parks and Forestry hopes to work with contractors and property owners to complete necessary work with the least amount of harm done to City trees as possible.
A Tree Permit is required for any contractor or property owner that will be working within the drip line of a city tree (drip line is at the edge of the canopy. i.e. stand at the work location and look up; if there are branches above, you are within the drip line of the tree). The forester will sign the permit after making comments specific to the job. Periodic inspection will confirm that the general rules for working near City trees (second page of the tree permit) and the forester's comments specific to that tree permit are being followed.
Many of these trees are HUGE. The drip line, canopy, may cover your entire front yard.
You are right on, slick. Crape Myrtles need to be trimmed way back every 2 or 3 years. If the ones shown in the photo are representative, there is absolutely nothing wrong with what he did. Hopefully the church has a good lawyer among its congregation. File an appeal of the fine and get a good arborist in to support you. The city guy doesn’t know what he is talking about.
I have had a battle royal going with my relatively new neighbor who moved to the U.S. from Russia. He has not trimmed his tree limbs for almost 3 years and they were beginning to kill my grass. Untrimmed trees are also a big problem when we have a hurricane. Tried to explain this to him and that his particular kind of tree was really designed to grow up and not out. Even gave him the name and phone number of my tree trimmer. Having no success I trimmed the lower branches myself. He came over to talk to me about it one day when I was walking out the door to go get some range time with some friends and had my gun in my hand. He thanked me and turned around and walked away.
Does that look improper to you?
No doubt the code enforcement officer’s salary is paid for by fines.
By the time the court case or appeal rolls around, they will be beautiful. He can take pics to the judge. Everybody with gorgeous crepe myrtle trees knows you have to be aggressive.
See post 44. Every good CM in my county looks like that in April.
i have awakened in a parallel universe where the idiots reign....
we need email addresses and fax numbers....
There is a crape myrtle on the corner of my house by the garage door. Planted by my late MIL way too close to the house and it grows until it hits the eaves of the house.
After pruning it severely several years, and not doing very much good, I cut the thing off at ground level with the chain saw. It still comes back 2 or 3 times a year and will be 6-7 feet tall in no time.
Most people don't realize that crape myrtles are trees -- not shrubs -- and you can't hardly kill them if you try.
“These people levying the fines are the same Environmental types who know nothing about trees or rivers.”
I was up at Rocky Mountain National Park today and noticed large sections of fencing around stands of trees and other vegetation. The Elk in the park are over populated and they refused to let hunters in to thin the herds so they spent millions to put fences around the trees so the Elk wouldn’t eat them. I truly don’t know what goes on in these peoples minds.
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