By: Geoff Ziezulewicz
Source: Chicago Tribune
Last week, Bolingbrook’s trustees approved a plan to spend nearly $66,000 to replace 142 affected trees.
“This is the first of many, unfortunately,” Mayor Roger Claar said at the meeting.
All of Bolingbrook’s approximately 36,000 ash trees are at risk, he said.
“If you see a tree on the parkway with leaves gone, it’s probably an (ash tree),” he said. “There’s no way of knowing where that (insect) is going to go.”
Town officials are still assessing which of the approximately 12,000 public ash trees will need to be removed, Claar said.
Those trees that are removed will be replaced with a variety of species.
Ash trees on private property may be removed by the town if they pose a safety risk, Claar said.
The $66,000 for tree replacement will be granted to Siebert Landscaping, a Chicago-area company.
The mayor warned the cost of removal could be “astronomical” in the coming years, possibly millions of dollars, and that’s just to remove the public property trees.
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