Detroit Evening Report: Detroit announces $8M tree removal program

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A fallen tree limb with a single band of red caution tape around it leans precariously against a power line, overhanging a street.

A fallen tree limb with a single band of red caution tape around it leans precariously against a power line in Dearborn, Mich.

Detroit city officials announced a new $8.3 million tree cleanup for homeowners.

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The Dead, Dangerous and Diseased Tree initiative is paid with $5 million in surplus funds and about $3.3 million secured by city council.

Kimberly Jones, an arborists with the city’s general service department, said priority will be given to seniors, veterans, residents with disabilities, and people who receive a city property tax exemption and are compliant with city codes. The city will determine the risk level of the tree based on the findings of a city inspector.

“We have several inspectors that are well-versed in all things trees. They’re going to come out…walk with you side by side, take a look at the tree, discuss what the parameters are, what we need to do. We’ve got to look at the accessibility. That’s going to be done by appointment,” Jones told the Detroit Free Press.

Council President Pro Tem James Tate said there is a large demand for tree cleanup in the city, and that the goal of the program is to reduce the potential for falling trees to damage homes and power lines.

Residents can apply at or call 313 224 4444.

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