On June 18, 2012, Alpharetta City Council voted to approve a plan which will remove about 65 specimen trees at the new City Center. That's a lot. And citizens of Alpharetta like trees. Older trees. Established trees. Tall trees.
As Alpharetta Natural Resources Commissioner Steve Usry said last Tuesday night, "If a city council in Destin, Florida told the citizens it was going to build a city center that encroached upon the beach, there would be a public outcry." Think about it folks: we don't have the white, sandy beaches of of the gulf or really much of any natural feature to speak of.....except.....trees. (Thanks, D.S.)
Would you like to hear, watch and see City Council's discussion about this decision to remove these specimen trees? Then click this link. Or, likewise, simply go to the city website and click on "Agendas and Summaries" and then find the June 18, 2012 meeting video. Begin watching the video at about 1:13:30 and watch it through 1:16:30.
It is necessary for me to post this since at least one of these Councilmen cannot even remember this discussion about the trees. That says a lot, doesn't it? I guess I need to remind them when they had this discussion to ax 65 trees.
To quote the gist of the conversation that night, I believe it is Councilman Jim Gilvin who asks, "I roughly counted about 65 specimen trees on this diagram and I think there are about 15 that may survive this project." He goes on to say, "Councilman Kennedy will tell you that if a developer walked in here and asked to do this he'd walk right out of here.....I wonder if we spent enough time trying to preserve what is already there."
Thank you for that Councilman Gilvin. But your question was unanswered and your efforts were in vain as no other Councilman had any comments about the trees and the vote on the plan was affirmative, which removes these specimen trees.