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    Critical Design Failure- Detour Route Impact on Trees

    Dear Commissioner Whisenant,

    The Boards of Radiance, Goldenwood and Goldenwood West are requesting an immediate solution to the mis-designed temporary detour routing that critically threatens two 100-150 year old trees at the subdivision entrance.  Yesterday, representatives from all three neighborhoods met at the project site with Don Gardner, Certified Arborist.  The group viewed the road staking and construction plan drawings for the detour road construction and the associated 2-3 foot deep excavation under the trees’ driplines.  Additionally, I discussed this issue with Allan Crosier at HDR along with the planned start of construction next week.

    Mr. Gardner’s conclusion is that the trees will not be able to tolerate the detour route’s damage to the root systems and will likely not survive.  The protection of the largest and oldest trees has been a high priority for the entire life of the project.  The finished roadway is aligned to protect these trees, but the detour plan will apparently kill them.  We are available to meet today or tomorrow for discussions with project pricipals of a solution to this problem.  It may be necessary to postpone this Crystal Hills detour phase of the project until the detour is resolved and continue with the FM1826 portion.  The project must satisfy the arborists that tree protection will be effective.

    It is essential that this situation be addressed, and we are looking to you see that it happens.  Please contact me at xxx-xxxx regarding this immediate concern.

    Thank you

     

    Brian Dudley

     

    for Goldenwood, Goldenwood West and Radiance Neighborhood Representatives

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