Woman calls city of Augusta shady over tree dispute

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email


News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Thursday, June 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Kathy Wortham lives in Augusta and is calling the city of Augusta shady over an old oak tree.

"We've called them five times and they don't know when they can get down here," Wortham said.

An old oak is county property but it's turned into her problem, she said. We're told every time it storms, limbs fall from the tree and blocks traffic or ends up in her yard.

"I've got back problems and I'm on disability. I can't move these things even if I chop them up," she said.

"We've definitely had issues over the years with funding trees," Interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell said.

The city has one main crew to cut trees but contracts with three other companies, Cassell said. The city doesn't have the money to take care of all the trees but uses SPLOST funds to handle what they can. He also said if voters don't approve SPLOST next year, they'll have even less money for maintenance issues.

For Wortham, she has one simple message for the city.

"Please cut it down. It's diseased and there is no limbs on the trees," she said.

City officials assure us they're working on Ms. Wortham's case.

If a county tree falls on your property, call 311. The city will send out an arborist to determine health of the tree. If it's badly diseased, we're told the city will come and remove the tree.

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