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Central prairie trees uprooted

Posted: Monday, Jan 7th, 2013

At left are photos of the last standing tree that aligned the property on north Tenth Street and Fifth Avenue, near the Central School “prairie” lot. In warmer months, school children use this lot for P.E. classes and play. The City of Rochelle Street Department removed the hazardous trees to ensure the safety of the children and vehicles in the street. (Photos by Emily Bruns)

ROCHELLE— After standing strong for many years, a row of four very tall trees on north 10th Street were cut down and hauled away by the City of Rochelle’s Street Department. Don Elliott, city superintendent of streets, cemeteries and airport divisions, explained why.

“I don’t like taking trees down unless we have to, but these were just a safety issue,” he said. “They had reached their full maturity and were hollowed out and weak. The trees were right next to the Central School prairie, so we didn’t want them to fall over when kids were around or on or in front of cars in the street.”

Elliot went on to say that two of the trees were hollowed out at the bottom, one was hollowed out at the bottom and the other had a top that was split, making all of them fragile.

For the complete article see the 01-06-2013 issue.

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