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A presentation for the Piatt County (IL) Road and Bridge Committee, the County Board and any other person interested in the devastation wrought by an "aggressive" use of a flail mower.

A presentation for the Piatt County (IL) Road and Bridge Committee, the County Board and any other person interested in the devastation wrought by an "aggressive" use of a flail mower.

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  • 1. Tree Damage All pictures taken on December 10, 2011
  • 2. My tree after the flail mower on December 9, 2011.
  • 3. The tree was planted over 50 years ago; it is too close to the easement but it stands at the top of a slope.
  • 4. If limbs extending into the ditch is the problem, why was so much taken above the slope? The topmost fragment that was flailed is at least 8 feet above the hill.
  • 5. The bottom of the ditch is at least 6 feet below the hill. So the height of the topmost part that was cut is around 15 feet above the road bed.
  • 6. The tree is also about 25 feet from the driveway and entry point for a farmer’s field to the North.
  • 7. Before After April 2009 December 2011
  • 8. A few miles away on someone else’s roadside property, I spotted this devastation.
  • 9. The owner says pheasants have used these trees for roosting.
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  • 13. Here are my questions:
    • Why can’t there be a distinction between landscape trees and obstructive brush?
    • Why can’t there be a discussion of flail mowing policies? Where is the chance for public input?
    • Is it fair that one person in the county make these decisions and also refuses to resolve them?
    • If road safety is the issue, why can’t homeowners be notified to resolve it within X days and save the county the expense? Ameren manages to give fair warning.
    • Since two officials said they would have left the tree alone, why can’t I be compensated for the professional arborist I hired to save my tree?

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