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City of Chesterfield looks to declare sweetgum trees hazardous

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The city of Chesterfield is looking to expand the responsibility of homeowners who have sweetgum trees on their properties. The city of Chesterfield is looking to expand the responsibility of homeowners who have sweetgum trees on their properties.

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KMOV.com) – The city of Chesterfield is looking to expand the responsibility of homeowners who have sweetgum trees on their properties.

At the May 4 city council meeting, Councilmember Barry Flachsbart of Ward 1 asked the council to consider going further by having sweetgums declared hazardous, requiring property owners to keep sidewalks free of the balls the trees frequently drop.

Flachsbart asks that sidewalks be cleared of the pods within an hour if lawn mowing scatters them onto the walkway.

A year ago, the council expanded a policy governing trees that can be removed from the city's rights-of-way to include not only dead, diseased or dying specimens, but also “otherwise healthy trees (that) may become a nuisance” and that are detrimental to the public.

Flachsbart did not include a suggested timetable for action on his recommendations.

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