Workers use 50-foot crane to remove decrepit tree at Westminster City Hall

December 13, 1996

A 50-foot crane was brought in yesterday to assist crews in removing a towering old tree that -- despite attempts to save it -- threatened to topple onto the roof of Westminster's City Hall.

The ash tree had been secured with cables several times over the years, said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works.

The topic of the tree arose at an August council meeting, when members discussed removing the tree and suggested saving a section and counting the rings to determine its age.

The tree crumbled too much to take a section, said city planner Katrina L. Tucker. Its age was estimated, however, at 80 to 90 years.

Recently, Bartlett Tree Experts, which has a contract with the city for tree maintenance and inspection, had recommended that the tree be removed. The cost will be about $1,000 to $1,500, Beyard said.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Cannon Court told police that clothing and a necklace were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in the 1000 block of Washington Road on Dec. 5. The loss was estimated at $100.

Westminster: A resident of Baldwin Park Drive told police Tuesday that someone stole property from her home and her vehicle. The loss was estimated at $657.

Pub Date: 12/13/96

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