Crews are cutting down and removing trees over at the horse farm. is it a sign of development or does it break a promise? LCG bought the property to turn it into a public park.
Consolidated President Joey Durel vowed that the trees would be saved. Some Hub City residents say that's not what it looks like. Durel says he's keeping that promise. "That would be completely contrary to the whole goal of what we're doing. I can understand how people might be concerned. I was concerned."
Durel says he spoke to the workers to make certain everyone is on the same page - about what to cut and what to keep. "If there's any question at all, they're saying we'll let someone else make that decision later. They want to at least free-up those nutrients and the sunlight for these beautiful live oak trees," says Durel.
Public Works Director Thomas Carroll says a crew has been out there for several weeks. "That property goes way back. We're working all over that property; but really trying to get that front portion cleaned up so that people right off the bat can see the beauty in that property."
"We're not going to sacrifice those beautiful trees, because you want to save a little chicken tree," adds Durel. The SaveTheHorseFarm advocacy group says the property is about 100 acres. They say 16 live oak trees have been measured and registered with the Live Oak Society. "If one is under threat, the society can take legal action to protect it."