This is often the time of year when municipalities seek ways to expend state liquid fuel monies to pay employees’ salaries and equipment costs through road and street projects.
They may use the euphemism “mowing” when the real action is to bash-prune tree branches up to a height of 20 to 22 feet from the ground, leaving 2-foot long bristled stubs.
This work may be done without notice and probably when residents aren’t at home. Some municipalities prefer this method because it is anticipated that you will prevent them from damaging your trees if you learn of these plans in advance.
Responsible government and transparency would require that the properties selected for treatment be posted on the municipality’s website with mailed notices sent to the property owners. Property owners, with enough advance notice, would be able to meet with municipality employees and staff to determine what work would be performed and how it will proceed.
Because I worked yearly with a tree service to ensure that my trees were properly maintained, I never envisioned that I would receive “the treatment” to 14 trees across my front yard, but I did.
It’s up to us to require that our local governments respect our rights as property owners, taxpayers and residents. I urge you to contact your municipality to determine how your officials and employees will be spending the state liquid fuel monies that they receive.