Scene in Edmonds: Tree removal near railroad crossing

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Barry Erlich submitted these photos of tree removal outside Demetri's. Our inquiry to the City of Edmonds yielded this information:  City engineering Department requested this Hornbeam tree be removed due to tree was blocking BNSF railroad crossing lights. I sent a email to Carrie and Phil about a month ago stating this tree would be removed due to blocking railroad crossing lights. Last fall I had tree pruned down but when tree leafed out this spring it still blocked railroad crossing lights so the tree needed to be removed for safety at this rail road crossing. Parks is planning on putting a container planter over this site and plant with flowers this spring. So this should look very nice for this summer.
Barry Erlich submitted these photos of tree removal at the foot of Main Street near the Edmonds ferry terminal Tuesday morning. According to City of Edmonds Parks Manager Rich Lindsay, the City Engineering Department requested this Hornbeam tree be removed because it was blocking BNSF railroad crossing lights. Lindsay noted that he had the tree pruned down last fall, but when it leafed out this spring it still blocked the lights, so it needed to be removed for safety at the railroad crossing. The parks department plans to put a container planter with flowers over the site, Lindsay said. “While we regret the loss of the tree, public safety is paramount in some locations and the railroad crossing is one of them,” added City Development Director Shane Hope.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Given the story of the stolen plants on Olympic View Drive, I hope the container planter with flowers is fully secured.

  2. Considering the very controversial issues brought to light recently in our town about trees and a big meeting tonight, in all fairness, perhaps this publisher could actually publish a picture of a tree that is being saved and continues to grace and take care of our environment….I think people get that sometimes a tree must come down or be pruned for precaution or safety reasons..

    This “news source” tends to encourage diviisivness versus productive discussion sans name-calling. I think we need more balance and the publisher to have more neutrality. I appreciate the long hard work of the publishing, journalism and news industry, and how complicated it can get but we should still expect fairness.

    What is news now seems to be if trees are not randomly chopped down. Developers got the ball rolling on this one across our country. Easy to check

    • Ms. Ryder:
      You allege unfair name calling, you do not like others asking you to present facts to back up your assertions, you often have problems with the publisher, etc. So why do you even read this publication?

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