Cleaning Up Our Roadways, One Tree Stump At A Time

The city continues to invest in urban forestry.

This time, it’s in stump grinding and removal.

The South Milwaukee City Council last Tuesday approved spending around $20,000 for the grinding of 196 tree stumps in street right of way and restoration of those areas. That includes 116 stumps from trees removed by property owners prior to 2014 — when ordinance changes stepping up the city’s ownership of street trees went into effect — and another 80 from trees removed by the Street Department in 2014 and 2015.

Removing dead and diseased trees like this is part of our ongoing commitment to this service, and we have a long ways to go, both in tree removal and replanting. But we’re making progress.

Removal will continue for years. A quick drive around town shows just how many dead or dying trees we have in the right of way in South Milwaukee.

And we’re making progress toward replanting.

Year one of the Arbor Day program was a big success, and we’ll bring it back in 2016.

We have to do more. The Beautification Committee will help.

One of its top duties will be to assist in tree planting efforts, including advising on a community tree management program (per Tree City USA requirements), coordinating an Adopt a Tree program for area residents, leading the Arbor Day celebration, and helping secure private funding for city tree planting efforts.

Want to join the committee? There is still time to apply. Please do so this week here.

3 Comments

Filed under City Council, City Services, South Milwaukee, Urban Forestry

3 responses to “Cleaning Up Our Roadways, One Tree Stump At A Time

  1. Michael Hundt

    How exactly does the city word the “public right of way” ordinance?

  2. Good question. More details here …
    http://smwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/FAQs-Urban-Forestry-Program.pdf
    Q: What is a public tree or shrub? A: Trees or shrubs located between the curb and sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, trees within 4 feet of the curb can be considered public trees.

  3. Melanie

    Speaking of cleaning up our roadways, how about our city workers use the street sweeper somewhere other than 15th Ave. Everywhere I walk, the water drains are clogged with garbage and tree debris. The alleys could use a sweep also.

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