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When Will All the Dead Ash Trees Be Cut Down?: Minutes With the Mayor

In this installment of "Minutes with the Mayor," Village President Richard Hofeld and Assistant Public Works Director Patrick Ryan talk about Homewood's plans for Ash tree removal.

Patch gathered questions from readers, for  Village President Richard Hofeld. Now, we're airing a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing.

In this edition, Hofeld, along with special guest Assistant Public Works Director Patrick Ryan, answer: when will all the dead ash trees be cut down? 

Transcript:

Hofeld: The village will be finished cutting down all the ash trees, probably within the next two years. Today I have Patrick Ryan, our Assistant Director of Public Works ... maybe you can give a more elaborate answer to that.

Ryan: Right now, we have plans to do the southeast portion of the village. We already took care of a good portion of the northeast and we are heading down to a meeting next week with the contractor to talk about it. Also, one of the important things is we are in the process of grinding all the stumps and that will follow with a replanting program. Most of the Ashes should be down within two years and that's if funding is available.

Hofeld: In house, we're taking down most of the average size trees. If it's an enormous tree, we have to contract it out to tree removers. We are doing reforestation and if a person does have a tree cut down in front of their house, we will be coming back later, grinding the stump down and, if funds permit, we will be planting another tree—although a much smaller tree—in that location.

Flossmoor residents: be on the lookout for a Flossmoor edition of "Minutes with the Mayor" soon!

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TG July 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM
What is the timeframe for grinding the stumps. The stumps have all grown branches and look absolutely horrible.
Jennifer Novak Chan July 31, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Is there tree removal assistance for homeowners with infected ash trees on their property?
Brooke July 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Interesting - the village took down one of my parkway ash trees, but left the smaller, more dead of the two. They returned within a week to grind the stump, but no tree was ever planted. I have a feeling when they say "if funds permit" and "if funding is available" it's because they know this will likely take longer than two years and trees will likely NOT be planted in all of the locations.
babyboomer July 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I will plant my own tree, if they ever cut down the tree in front of my house. The problem is that most of these trees are weeds and have to constantly be trimmed because of the power lines, not good.
Blue Moon July 31, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I'm in Woodborough and the village just marked all the stumps for grinding. They told me this past spring they would be doing this subdivision in August and it seems they're right on schedule.
Blue Moon July 31, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I was told by Public Works that residents have to contract privately with a tree removal service. They have a list of licensed contractors they can provide, but there's no removal assistance from the village.
SHUSSBAR August 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The priority should be to cut trees that are dead and dangerous for people/kids walking/ playing in several parks in Homewood.
Ginkgo Landscaping&Tree Service August 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
if anyone is in need of private tree removal: www.ginkgolandscaping.com
Bogdan Mijić January 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM
County Tree Service Homewood,IL Complete list of all service areas http://www.certifiedtreeservices.com/service-areas/ Homewood is just one of them http://www.certifiedtreeservices.com/tree-service-homewood-il/ We have cranes, bucket trucks, stump grinders, chippers, and can take your trees down without damaging your lawn.

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