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Council considers cutting pear trees

May 17, 2000

Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council will go to Public Square on May 30 to determine whether six Bradford pear trees should be removed.

Council members Susan Saum-Wicklein and Alfred W. Boyer like the trees.

"You're cutting down the wrong trees," Saum-Wicklein said Tuesday, adding that she dislikes the locust trees in the square.

Boyer said he especially liked the white blossoms that come from the Bradford pears in the spring.

Councilman William M. Breichner wants the trees taken down.

City Public Works Manager Douglas Stull said the six Bradford pear trees were spared during the 1998 renovation of Public Square. But at that time it was anticipated that the remaining Bradford pears would have to be removed within a few years to make room for the new locust trees planted in the square.

Stull said Tuesday that the Bradford pears are interfering with the growth of the locust trees. He said the trees are competing for sunlight, and the older and taller Bradford pears are overshadowing the smaller Locust trees.

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Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II suggested the council meet in the square at 6 p.m. May 30 to get a closer look at the trees.

- Dan Kulin

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