We are posting this email here for the record with regard to the city’s arrogant and high-handed attempt to destroy mature, big trees in W. C. Reed Park. Portions of this communication are mine, and others are Laura McShane’s:
This kind of high handed "full steam ahead" without adequate community engagement is unacceptable.
Destroying trees that have a value of $192,973 per tree and replacing them with 2 in. saplings because they MAY BE toxic is unacceptable.
Trashing a neighborhood park in the name of "remediation" with funds from the EPA is unacceptable.
For years, residents near the park have asked for routine maintenance of the trees only to be told how long the maintenance list is, how small the Urban Forestry budget is, and how short handed they are is unacceptable.
In the light of the unwillingness for the City to provide the documentation that provides the FACTS concerning why the trees must be destroyed is unacceptable.
I find it exceedingly strange that when new housing was proposed along the park and on Denison Avenue, these environmental concerns were down[played as "having no effect" but when park improvements that are strictly discretionary and DO NOT have to be done, environmental issues that will allow EPA funds be used for a contract for remediation the landscape changes. WHY???
Please provide the documents the residents requested posthaste and STOP the forward momentum until the community has answered.
On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM, Laura McShane <email@example.com> wrote:
Hello Ms. Roberson,
Please release all planning and informational documents pertaining to the renovation and remediation of WC Reed Field.
Residents have not received materials as promised at public meeting held at St. Barbara's Church in December 2012. Commissioner Cox assured residents that these materials would be made available for review at the Cleveland Public Library Brooklyn Branch 3706 Pearl Rd. Cleveland OH 44109.
We are now being told that the City of Cleveland plans to proceed with contract under Ohio EPA for remediation that is to include removing all trees at the park.
For the record, residents have not been given adequate information or notice for this to proceed and residents are opposed to removal of mature oak trees in the park.