I had a couple of emails today from residents asking me about what’s being done as the removal of the trees are occurring. The same requests went into councillors and city staff. I received this response and wanted to post it here so you can see it.
Thank you for passing on the comment and for the opportunity to respond.Regarding use of herbicide, Hydro One, at the time of the October 22 community meeting, agreed not to use herbicide unless absolutely necessary due to concerns of the adjacent owners. At our site visit to the corridor (on November 3 I believe) which was attended by Hydro One, the City and community representatives, including landscape architect Lisa McTaggart, it was agreed that the use of herbicides would be beneficial in a few locations on the corridor to allow us to leave some vegetation while dealing with the incompatible vegetation growing in the same area.
Yesterday, Neil pointed out to (name removed for privacy) while on site that Hydro One’s mechanical crews were unable to remove certain stumps adjacent to the fence along the properties on Pacific Place. He asked for permission to apply Garlon RTU to these stumps to prevent the resurgence of vegetation and she had no objection.
Regarding trees along the property line, we are saving what we can. A few mature trees that we had hoped to save, upon closer examination were found to be diseased or have damaged trunks, and therefore a decision was made to remove them.
Hydro One Staff