By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston City officials are encouraging residents, business owners and other private property owners to trim low-hanging branches from trees along city streets.
At Monday’s city council meeting councilman Travis Kunz said he has had complaints from various individuals who regularly walk along a stretch of sidewalk in front of the National Guard Armory on North State Street.
“These individuals have to duck below the low-hanging branches and maneuver around them in order to walk on the sidewalk in this location,” he said. “There are many other locations in the city limits where low-hanging branches create similar problems.
“It would be nice if property owners would take care of this if it applies to trees in front of their properties.”
A city ordinance states, “all trees which abut on the sidewalks of the city shall be kept trimmed so there shall be a clearance at all times between the lowest branch of each tree and the sidewalk of at least seven feet, allowance to be made for bending of the branches when wet or loaded with snow.
“Failure to observe provisions of this section shall be deemed a misdemeanor.”
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