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SHREVE -- Shreve village council is considering options to remove the 105 trees that line North Market Street. The overgrown Callery pear trees, planted nearly 15 years ago, are blocking road signs and street lights, causing problems for travelers driving through town on State Route 226. Originally, the village thought it was getting miniature or dwarf trees until the trees grew to a much greater size, according to fiscal officer Jessica Flinner.
■ STATUS: Council has not made a final decision, but the village has received an estimate for the trees' removal from Timber Time Tree Service. The estimated cost for each tree's removal and cleanup would be $85 plus another $35 to grind out the stumps, causing less damage to the surrounding sidewalks than pulling out the stumps. Village employees would then fill in the holes, Flinner told council on April 3.
■ ANOTHER OPTION: Shreve considered pruning back the trees, but Timber Tree cautioned that it would only cause the trees to grow fuller and faster. The estimated cost of pruning was $100 per tree. The village may still choose to prune back a few trees while removing the others.
■ HOW TO PAY FOR IT: Money to pay for the tree removal would come out of the village's street and general funds.
■ ANOTHER WORD: Village administrator Ron Kiner noted that the leaves on the trees typically fall after the village runs its leaf pickup service. "Leaf pickup is done then those leaves fall and (residents) are stuck," he said.
Reporter Emily Morgan can be reached at 330-287-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.