Tree removal in Fraser presents difficult challenges
To the Editor:
We read the article about the Town of Fraser’s consternation regarding bids for bulk tree removal. The article implies that the bids were much higher than the town desired and that there were many fewer responses than they expected. To a company who submitted a bid, the article seems to be telling us to be ashamed of ourselves for charging too much.
The town wants to investigate going rates for tree cutting in the area, but we can save them the trouble – we bid much lower for this bulk rate than we normally charge for trees on and around Wapiti Lane. These trees are in a uniquely tight and difficult situation with densely packed buildings, utilities, and steep slopes. Other forestry companies we talked to wanted nothing to do with this bid for these reasons.
Last summer the county contracted for tree removal along county roads. The winning bids for those projects were both around $40 per tree. All of those trees by definition were much easier than Fraser’s trees because they were on roads, allowing easy access for equipment and trucks, and usually far away from buildings.
We have fretted since submitting our bid that perhaps it was too low because of all the hazardous and technical trees involved that will take time, thought, and special equipment to fell safely. However, since the town is considering dumping the program, we feel that we should offer our bid publicly. If the Town of Fraser offers nothing to landowners, Climbing High Inc. will uphold its offer of full removal of dead trees from properties in Fraser for groups of at least 50 trees at $60 per tree.
Alice Huyler and Paul Strot
Climbing High Inc.
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