[Masthead] Fair ~ 28°F  
High: 51°F ~ Low: 26°F
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Intersection safety

Posted Saturday, April 19, 2008, at 2:44 PM

Should homeowners with trees, shrubs or bushes blocking the sight of motorists at intersections to the extent of being a hazard be ordered to keep them trimmed or else have them cut down?

Showing comments in chronological order
[Show most recent comments first]

Yes! This comes from someone who has been in an accident before directly because of a bush blocking my view.

-- Posted by David Melson on Sat, Apr 19, 2008, at 3:24 PM


As you know, I live in Plano, Tx. (north of Dallas) and several months ago, letters were sent out to homeowners concerning trees obstructing the view of motorists and hanging over sidewalks. The letters gave the homeowners a certain amount of time to get them cut or they would be fined. I know that if yards are not kept cut, the city will cut them for you and add the cost to your utility bill. I know that I have a neighbor that I have called and complained to the city because of high grass and after a very few days, the grass is cut. The city told me that the homeowner is usually very cooperative because they don't want their water turned off. It seems to work here in Plano except some people push it to the limit.

-- Posted by cookie on Sat, Apr 19, 2008, at 6:33 PM

YES YES YES....If the home owner can not keep the tree's or bushes cut back,...then someone else should be able to step in and do it for them with a charge....I want go as far as cutting their grass but for the safety of everyone being able to see while pulling out into traffic then it should be taken care of.

-- Posted by rebelrose on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 10:06 AM

I thought that was already the case.

If people are picky about their trees and bushes,bringing in their own arborist is better than being fined in order to pay for creating witch's brooms or otherwise maiming the plants.

The city or one's neighbors might not have any agenda but increasing safety if they perform any necessary trimming or removal of dead greenery.

The right to grow a meadow of native flowers ends with the other fellows' right to have visibility while driving,unimpeded utility lines,etc.

The first thing that should be looked into is whether the homeowner is unaware of the problem or too poor or ill to attend to it.

The elderly,the indigent and other overburdened folk may lack the means of getting yardwork done.

That's when an offer from friends or agencies could really come in handy.

Give them a way of saving face while their surroundings are made safe and attractive and the homeowner,the yard doctors and the community all benefit.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 12:31 PM

I always thought that the city had X number of feet from the street anyway... the "right of way". Seems like if a thick bush is too close to the street, the city should be able to cut it down. I could be wrong on this, though.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 2:17 PM


-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 5:29 PM

The city should just cut them back. Its a lot easier to get forgiveness than permission anyway.

-- Posted by seedsower on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 8:27 PM

About that "right of way" thing, it doesn't get mowed out in the country unless its spring show or horse show time. With gas going up, I doubt it it'll improve anytime soon....

-- Posted by mmp84 on Mon, Apr 21, 2008, at 8:08 AM

Respond to this blog

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.


Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.

Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
Hot topics
Your Dreams
(16 ~ 8:53 AM, Nov 25)

Shelbyville Mills School
(779 ~ 11:40 PM, Nov 17)

Hope I'm Wrong, But-
(6 ~ 9:51 PM, Nov 8)

More Annoying Television Ads
(11 ~ 2:23 PM, Oct 31)

Just Some Thoughts
(93 ~ 2:43 PM, Aug 26)