Arborist: Murrysville tree sign is healthy
The iconic Murrysville tree sign is alive and well.
An arborist examined the 850 spruce trees off Pleasant Valley Road and gave a favorable report, Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said.
“His comment is that there is a very healthy stand of trees there with no evidence of blight or disease,” Morrison said. “There's 15 or 20 more years of life there.”
Last month, officials considered taking responsibility for the sign, which Morrison said has become overgrown. The Sportsman and Landowners Alliance of Murrysville has mowed and cleared the site since 1977.
The municipality earmarks about $2,500 annually for the upkeep.
But lately, only the letters “ville” have been distinguishable, Morrison said, which has prompted officials to consider removing the tree sign all together.
That might not be necessary, Morrison said. The trees, which were planted in the early 1930s, grow at a slower rate as they age.
The arborist recommended trimming the undergrowth biennially. Morrison said he planned to meet with a clearing company and would have a recommendation to council in early November.
Cost initially was a factor, but the maintenance might not be as expensive as anticipated.
“It might not be as bad as we thought,” Morrison said.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or email@example.com.
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