Why not replant the Madison trees?

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We have been repeatedly named a Tree City USA and were even declared an Arboretum in 2015. However, except for five swamp oaks, the Madison Street road "diet" project will apparently send all the remaining median strip trees to a landfill, or shred them for mulch. 

Either way, why aren't they being replanted on our parkways, donated to the Park District of Oak Park or even offered to local residents? 

The village's website states: "Due to financial limitations, more than one season may pass before a new tree is planted [on a parkway]. May is the favored tree-planting month. Why should our parkways remain on a tree "diet" when living trees are available?

Constance Coleman 

Oak Park 

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