Cleveland councilman calling for the immediate stop to tree pruning in Ohio City

Sites ‘Very poor quality of work’ by trimming company

Cleveland councilman calling for the immediate stop to tree pruning in Ohio City
Asplundh trimming trees on Monroe Avenue on Tuesday. City Councilman Kerry McCormak has asked the Mayor to pull the permit for Asplundh. (Source: John Weekley)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -For the past couple of days the Asplundh tree trimming company has been working in the Ohio City neighborhood, clearing branches from power lines.

Cleveland councilman irked over Ohio City tree trimming

Neighbors like John Weekley are not happy with the work.

“Disappointing to see this carnage,” Weekley said. “The wires and the trees that are grown up around them have been there together for half a century without major issues.”

It’s not just neighbors, Cleveland City Councilman Kerry McCormack, who represents the near west side neighborhood, has taken the disapproval to the next level.

Tuesday morning McCormack sent a request to Mayor Frank Jackson and the City Public Works Director Michael Cox to stop the pruning.

I am writing to request the immediate revocation of the registration and permit for Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC. To operate tree pruning and removal services in the City of Cleveland.
City Councilman Kerry McCormack

Cleveland 19 has reached out to both the city and Asplundh for comment.

Weekley wonders if this is the city of Cleveland trying to correct power outages that have been plaguing the west side.

“Maybe because ‘their’ infrastructure is aging out, degraded and needs replaced with new safe product. Cheaper to obliterate the trees though.”

Here is the entire request by McCormack:

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