By Jeremy Elrod
An overhanging tree along Glenn Carrie Road has become an imminent concern for safety, so the city is taking action to remove the hazard before any damage is done.
“That thing is worrying me to death,” said Mayor Mike Jones. “I don’t know if it’s my imagination, but every time I pass by there that limb seems to get lower and lower.”
Councilman Brian Koepnick, who consulted an arborist, voiced his thought on the matter.
“I had the tree looked at and we’re all in agreement that it’s on the decline,” he said. “The arborist said that we really don’t even need to core the tree to tell that it needs to go.”
Koepnick said Jackson EMC said they would take the tree down, but the city would have to dispose of the wood once it’s on the ground.
“So we’re going to have to find a way to remove all the wood, whether we pay someone to do it or find someone with a splitter who can chop it up and just let people in the community come take whatever they want,” said Koepnick.
City Clerk Sandra Pou inquired on ways to pay for the removal if there was indeed a cost.
“Since the tree is in the right-of-way and it affects the road, can we use our SPLOST funds to pay for any costs that we may incur?” she asked.
City Attorney Pat Graham said SPLOST funds could be used.
“Yes, since it does affect a roadway within the city it can be paid for by the SPLOST fund if needed,” he said.
Koepnick offered final thoughts on the issue.
“Jackson EMC said that they can start as early as next week, but we’ll have to first work things out with the county to figure out the best way to manage traffic along Glenn Carrie while the tree is being taken down,” he said. “If there’s anyone that’s interested in getting the wood after they cut it down, they’re more than welcome to come get some because there’s going to be plenty of it and I’d like to see it go to good use.”