Not all the marked trees on Martin Road in Midway will be cut down, according to a Liberty County Extension agent.
Out of the 40 marked, only 13 are recommended for complete removal because they are deemed hazardous or have died, Extension Agent Robert Bell said during a Midway City Council meeting Monday evening.
Residents concerned about the trees' fate after they were marked attended the meeting to get more information.
Bell was contacted because of tree limbs that were falling down on the road. He described his assessment as “lenient.” Bell took into consideration residents’ feelings about the scenic look of the street and mainly focused on the trees that pose hazards extending over the road.
Some residents expressed their understanding of removing the unsafe trees and limbs, but said they wanted to preserve and treat the ones that could be saved.
Mayor Dr. Clemontine Washington said no trees will be cut right away but that the city also won’t delay the matter. She said addressing the issue was the first step and that she will keep residents informed of the process.
To read more about the Midway City Council meeting, check back with coastalcourier.com and see the Wednesday Coastal Courier.