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Latest letters from Citrus Heights Sentinel readers include varying perspectives on palm trees being cited by Code Enforcement, following the publication of a June 13 article about a local resident’s dispute with the city over a palm tree.
Code violations are unevenly enforced
It seems that Code Enforcement is selective and sometimes blind. Twice it’s happened on my street; a violation for a motor home in the driveway, when right across the street was a 5th wheel doing the same thing. Then we were cited because our lawn was too long. Never could find the statute and length required. It was about 8-10 inches.
We mowed it of course. But across the street the entire front yard was severely overgrown, at least a foot and more in places. Other properties were also overgrown. Other motor homes and trailers are in front yards and on the streets.
I personally don’t care what my neighbors do as long as safety isn’t in question. But the city needs to evenly enforce code violations, and maybe educate and talk to the owners before citing them.
One owner was suffering from multiple family medical issues and needed help. A group of us from the Nextdoor app cleaned up the entire property for her. And BP Tree trimming picked up all the yard waste for free. Wonderful business. Helping your constituents instead of penalizing them would certainly help in these trying times.
Disposal of palm fronds is difficult
This happened to us as well. When we took the first load to the garbage waste management we waited for over an hour paid $40 and was told to put them into the garbage area. Then we got a clean up day and they were out there measuring our pile and said they could not take them. We got stuck with them and have been cutting them up each week. What irritates me is we got that abatement letter, but there is 4-5 other homes that haven’t cleaned up theirs either. We are still stuck with them.
-Linda Mezzanatto, Citrus Heights
About those palms near City Hall…
Who is responsible for the maintenance of the palms on Fountain Square Drive? There are fronds that get blown off by the winds regularly… I guess that so far nature is in charge of trimming.
-Ian Garber, Citrus Heights
Palm trees at City Hall could use a trim
My question to Citrus Heights City Hall is why this even happened? If you drive past City Hall, the street is lined with palm trees: they haven’t been trimmed in along time, they look horrible. If you drive around our city, people that do have these trees don’t touch them. Not just palm trees, neighbors letting their hedges and trees overgrow where people can’t see stop signs, or have to pull out beyond safely to see oncoming traffic or to walk into the street to get past. I see this all the time and nothing is done.
-Joyce Mack-Ashmus, Citrus Heights
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