Town of Grand Lake awards tree-removal contracts to three companies |

Town of Grand Lake awards tree-removal contracts to three companies

Tonya BinaSky-Hi Daily News

The town of Grand Lake settled on three logging companies for its large-scale project next year, during which an estimated 90 percent or more of the towns lodgepole pines will be removed.This equates to about 6,500 trees that have already been marked by town staff.The town accepted competitive bids, in which the price-per-tree averaged from $29 to $49 per tree, depending on location.Im extremely happy about the cost per-tree, said Town Manager Shane Hale.The tree-removal project has been separated into three areas of town and awarded by way of three separate bids.The discounted rate on the cost per-tree will be extended to the towns private property owners as well.Last year, the town mandated that all homeowners remove their dead and dying lodgepoles within a reasonable time frame. Until it takes care of its own tree problem, however, the town refrained from warning homeowners about violations.Logging contracts start Jan. 1, and loggers have until late May and early June to complete their part, Hale said.The bids were awarded to Three Trees, for the towns area one east of the North Inlet; Grand County Tree Care for the towns area two west of the Tonahutu, not including Woodpecker Hill and or Mary Drive; and Hills Tree & Shrub for area 3 on Woopecker Hill and Mary Drive.The town plans to send letters to residents to notify them when the town-hired loggers will be in their neighborhoods, giving them a chance to take advantage of the towns rate.The town is still working with Rocky Mountain National Park to make arrangements to use its air curtain burner to dispose of slash. It is also working out details with the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District, which might allow slash and the burner to be stored and used on district property.Grand Lake resident Gay Schaffer, for one, was pleased at the chance to get a logging deal.Its a good opportunity for the homeowners, she told board members after they voted on the bid awards. Thank you. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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