Board To Clear Debris Left From Cutting Trees PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 March 2018 13:58
Cleaning up the debris field left behind from cutting around 100 trees behind the old Summerville Elementary School on Maple Drive will cost $3,700, according to officials.
Earlier this year the school asked Mike Dawson to cut the pine trees behind the school. He cut the trees and gave the school system around $2,400. The school is taking that money to remove stumps and make the ground smooth for mowing again.
The school asked several contractors to submit bids. The school received bids from Tennessee Land Clearing Inc., for $3,700; RC Land Clearing for $4,800 and they received a verbal bid from All-Star Mulch for $6,000.
The board of education unanimously voted last Thursday night to go with the lowest bid. Before the vote, however, board member John Agnew questioned why the trees were originally cut.
Schools Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman said the BOE has talked years ago about removing the old trees because some were old and diseased. A neighbor had also complained about the possibility of one of them falling onto their land.
"Did we not get a forester to look at it and see how bad it was?" Agnew asked.
"What is the purpose of leaving them there?" Supt. Lenderman said.
"We cut them all obviously. I was just wondering why we cut them all?"
"They are pine trees. I see no reason why we should leave them there," Lenderman responded.
“They were beginning to die,” School Maintenance Director John Worsham said previously. “The board thought that we should go ahead and have them cut before they got so bad that the system would have to pay to have them cut."
"The stumps will be under the ground. But because it will be grass and yard I did not really want to tear up the ground that bad," a school official said about the project.
"There will be sinkholes in the future at some point," Worsham said.

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