2010.04.21 Katherine Wollter: Trees cut by road commission

Written by David Green.

Since I was a child I have wanted a weeping willow tree. A few years back, I gave in to my desires and purchased one and planted it in the front yard. I have enjoyed watching it grow and have taken joy from its appearance.

This week, workers from the county road commission cut two large branches from my tree. They also cut a large branch from the tree next to it. It ruined my weeping willow. It would take a miracle for it to weep again.

Now I have two choices: cut down the remainder of the tree or look at its ruin each time I leave my drive. I am hurt, dismayed and angry at this. 

By what right does the road  commission come to my home and deface my tree? May I sue them for this misuse of their power? Do I have any recourse?

– Katherine Wollter

State Line Road, Morenci

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