Recent storms kept city public works and public safety crews busy, resulting in the removal of 45 downed trees at a cost of $25,000, city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said.
The storms, which began in early July, didn’t result in any serious injuries, but did cause temporary road closures.
Kraun said the city’s recently-passed budget contains $165,000 for two tree removal subcontractors, with 80 percent of the money budgeted for trees knocked down by severe weather, or falling due to age and disease. The rest is set aside for proactive tree removal like cleaning up line of sight issues, she said.
“This scenario is a great example of how the public-private partnership works to benefit the city,” Kraun said. “In a traditional government model, you would have a public works yard and millions of dollars in equipment on standby. The city does not own the equipment. When the additional support is needed, the private contractor handles the job with their personnel and equipment. The city pays only for what is needed as we need it.”