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On Saturday night, September 28, a huge tree limb fell on West Hull Street. It knocked out power, cable and phone lines when it came down, very narrowly missing a house. Unfortunately, the overall health of the tree, a Laurel Oak, is compromised to the point that it must be removed. The overall age of the tree, and the fact that it was covered with mistletoe, were factors in its demise.
As this tree was being assessed, a second tree in the area, also a Laurel Oak, was found to be in a similar condition and an arborist has determined that this tree also needs to be removed.
The Town of Oakland and the residents of Oakland place great value on the trees that line our streets and grow in our yards. However, all trees have a lifespan and when trees need to be removed due to age and deteriorating conditions, the Town of Oakland tries to replant new trees as soon as possible. This section of West Hull, between Tubb Street and Cross Street, will also be replanted. In the near future, there will be four, or more, trees planted that will grow and someday take the place of the trees that have to be removed.