CENTRAL--Westminster * Finksburg

December 17, 1992

Westminster council bans tree 'topping'

Routine tree "topping" will become illegal in Westminster Dec. 24.

The City Council took the advice of tree specialists and banned topping -- severely cutting back limbs on a tree crown to remove the canopy and disfigure the tree. The ban, approved at Monday night's council meeting, becomes effective in 10 days.

Kirby Barger, a State Highway Administration landscaping employee, quoted an article from a tree publication that said topping will increase tree decay and is a destructive practice.

Mr. Barger said licensed tree experts routinely top trees because it is lucrative work.

The council authorized Director of Planning and Public Works Thomas B. Beyard to grant exceptions for trees that create obstructions, are dangers to utility poles or have been heavily damaged in storms.

FIRE

* Reese: Reese and Westminster responded to an auto fire on Route 140 near Hemlock Lane at 4:08 p.m. Wednesday. Units were out of service for 30 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster and Hampstead responded to an auto fire on Lynnhaven Drive at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday. Units were out for 45

minutes.

POLICE

* Westminster: A speaker was stolen and a CB radio damaged when someone broke into the car of William Dixon of Finksburg when it was parked at Cranberry Mall on Monday. Damage is estimated at $440.

Someone entered the clubhouse at Parr's Ridge off Uniontown Road and stole a stereo system and a TV cable box. The items were valued at $450.

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