The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council voted to remove 36 mostly diseased trees on the recommendation of Enhanced Landscape, the community’s landscaping contractor for nearly a decade.
It will cost $22,700 to remove the trees, which include alders, liquidambars, pines, melaleucas and a willow.MAC chair Alon Glickstein said the tree removal is covered in the MAC budget.
“We’ve been very good in the past couple years. This is the first extraordinary expense that’s come up this year, and we are quite all right with it,” Glickstein said. “I’ve seen many years we’ve had much worse expenses than this. We’re doing really good, and that’s why it was a no-brainer.”
Greg Epstein, owner of Thousand Oaks- based Enhanced Landscape, recommended the removal of the trees because they are diseased or in declining health due to California’s ongoing drought. Some other trees are being cut down because they are lifting the sidewalk or leaning on a wall.
The downed trees will be replaced with at least 20 crape myrtle trees costing $2,700.
The new trees will be planted in January and February, the MAC said.