City of Charlotte fines church $1400 for pruning their own trees – UPDATE: Fine may be as high as $4,000
Posted by iusbvision on May 29, 2011
Add Charlotte N.C. on the list of towns I will go out of my way not to spend a penny in. This is why once Obama and these Alinsky Democrats are put out of power the TEA Party need to turn it’s focus on local government.
Originally it was reported that the fine was $1400, now it may be as high as $4,000.
Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.
But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.
“We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don’t want to worry about them hanging down in the way,” said Sales, a church member.
The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000.
“I just couldn’t believe it when I heard about it,” Sales said. “We trim our trees back every three years all over our property, and this is the first time we have been fined.”
The fine will be dropped if the church replaces each of the improperly pruned trees, said Tom Johnson, senior urban forester for city of Charlotte Land Development Division.
“When they are nonrepairable, when they have been pruned beyond repair, we will ask them to be replaced,” Johnson said. “We do that for a number of reasons but mainly because they are going to come back unhealthy and create a dangerous situation down the road.”
Except these trees are not unhealthy and are pruned very nicely as evidenced by the picture: