By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein
DETROIT, September 16, 2021 ~ A story was relayed to The Guys about a remodeler working in an “upper-end” jurisdiction.
Part of the work involved replacing an existing concrete sidewalk that bordered the property and crossed the roots of a large old Silver Maple tree. The jurisdiction had a tree ordinance that required the contractor to hand dig all areas around the tree to assure no root damage. The tree work involved special permits and several inspections that extended a two-day job to several weeks.
Upon completion of the work the contractor was then required to purchase a $30,000 bond payable to the city assuring the tree would survive at least seven years.
The real irony here is that the city classifies the Silver Maple as a “junk” tree that they don’t even want planted within their borders.