Jim Semelka, village forester, has not addressed the over-pruning of Oak Park trees. No one objects to the schedule of pruning every four years; it's the amount of pruning done on each tree that is visibly shocking and unnecessary. Anyone can understand cutting off dead limbs and trimming those limbs that grow low over streets or houses. But currently pruning is done high into the trees, cutting live limbs that are no problem to anyone and taking away the lovely thickness and form that each tree naturally offers our streets. Oak Park used to be famous for beautiful trees; now we have rows of scrawny trees.
Watching the men prune, one wonders if they're obsessive-compulsive and cannot stop themselves. Or perhaps they're afraid that if they pruned minimally, they'd be out of work.
I complained directly to Mr. Semelka in past years and felt dismissed. If he doesn't receive phone calls, it's because of his own attitude toward the public he serves.
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