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By Kristina Pritchett

City Council approved an arborist report that states several pine trees in Pines Park are impacted and have been recommended to be removed.

According to Mark Denny, deputy city manager, the staff inquired with the arborist contractor to investigate what was happening at the park.

Along with removing seven trees, the recommendations included pruning out the dead wood and trunk, and spraying the rest of the pine trees at least twice over next 12 months.

According to the staff report, the beetle activity “seems to be focused on the northern section of the park, mostly in sloped areas.”

Staff will investigate installing a sub surface irrigation system to increase water to the areas and mitigate water runoff. Staff will also replant as many trees that were removed.

The cost to remove the trees is $2,880 while replanting the trees will cost $1,575. Trunk spraying will cost $540.

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