Friday, January 18, 2013
This is the time of year that is best to trim your trees along the public right-of-way. The City of Hood River is asking for all residents to trim their trees next to the public right-of-way and pile the branches by the trees. Call City Public Works at 541-387-5201 by Feb. 20 with your address and a crew will pick up the branches.
To ensure public safety, all trees planted within or extending into the public right-of-way must be trimmed to a height of not less than nine feet above the sidewalk and not less than 14 feet above the street, curb or alley. The right-of-way line is typically approximately 5 feet behind the curb unless there is a planter strip, and then the right-of-way line will be approximately 10 feet from the back of the curb.
The city notes: If you cannot reach up to these heights, go as high as you can.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge