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DeKalb abandons tree ordinance efforts

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 11:50 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb won’t implement new rules on cutting or removing trees anytime soon.

For the past few months, DeKalb leaders have struggled with their options for protecting trees in the wake of ComEd clear-cutting trees along the Nature Trail – a 1.5-mile prairie path located between Sycamore Road and First Street.

City officials do not have the authority to regulate ComEd in its easement, and DeKalb aldermen were reluctant to regulate trees on private property unless there was a compelling safety reason.

That left the only hanging fruit: regulating trees that were growing on developable sites.

But even those are few and far between, said Public Works Director T.J. Moore.

On Monday, Mayor Kris Povlsen told Moore not to pursue the idea.

Povlsen didn’t think the ordinance would have protected the Nature Trail trees.

“They were mostly scrub trees,” Povlsen said. “Now I don’t know this for sure, but I doubt that they took down major oaks or elms or trees that would be protected under this ordinance.”

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