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La Crescent Council discusses Emerald Ash Borer Ordinance

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LA CRESCENT, MN (WXOW)—La Crescent City Council will discuss the Shade Tree Pest Control Ordinance during the meeting Monday night.

The ordinance addresses concerns over the health of trees threatened by pests such as the emerald ash borer.

They city said those threatened trees depreciate the value of property and endangers the safety and welfare of the public.

If the ordinance is adopted as it's currently written the city will hire a tree inspector to decide which trees are a public nuisance.

If the inspector finds a nuisance tree, they will send the property owner a letter stating the tree must be removed or treated.

"If the property owner would like to save that tree and agree to treat that tree," Bill Waller, La Crescent City Administrator said.  "That will be a decision you make. And you'll be responsible for the on going maintenance that goes with that tree."

If people would like to treat their trees, they will need to hire a licensed contractor.

La Crescent is considering limiting the type of treatments that may be used to only injectables because things poured on trees can get into the storm water system and then out into the water.

If you do nothing, the city will remove problem trees property and then bill the property owner.

People not obeying the ordinance could face 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Council does not expect to take action on Monday.

They hope have the ordinance in place this summer.

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