Madison City Council discusses tree damage
By Stephanie Johns
Good fences make good neighbors, or so the poet Robert Frost wrote.
At the recent work session of the Madison City Council, City Manager David Nunn shared details about a couple of property owners’ concerns about a portion of fence that was removed by the city when a tree fell and damaged private property.
“The city’s policy is, and it follows the advice of our insurance, when a city tree falls on private property, it’s an act of God,” he said. “We weren’t negligent in taking care of that tree.”
The property owners told him that the city removed a portion of their fence when it removed the fallen tree.
“It would surprise me if we went out of our way to remove 100 more feet of fence that was perfectly fine,” he said. Nunn said he plans to go out to the property.
The question he needs answered is, “How much was removed and perhaps was unnecessary?”
In other news:
• The council will have a called meeting Dec. 28 to consider alcohol licenses for RiteAid.
Printed in the December 27, 2012 edition