Archive for Friday, August 3, 2012

40 years ago: Trees in the right-of-way: Who’s responsible?

August 3, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 3, 1972:

  • An article today described the misconceptions concerning public and private responsibilities for trees growing in the right-of-way areas of Lawrence streets. Contrary to popular belief, the property owner was legally responsible for trees growing in the strip between the property line and the street. Misunderstandings about this had arisen in the past because of the long-standing city policy of regular tree trimming and occasional tree removal, such as in the case of diseased elms, hundreds of which had been removed by the city since 1963.
  • Heavy downpours had dumped varying amounts of rain in the northeast part of the state overnight and this morning. Lawrence, on the southern edge of the storm, had received a total of 1.82 inches by noon today, while parts of extreme northeastern Kansas such as Axtell had received over four inches.


LadyJ 5 years, 10 months ago

Has this changed? We were told by the city we had to have permission to do anything to a tree in the right of way.

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