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File #: 18-0085R    Version: 0 Name: Dump the Stump
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 5/14/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 5/14/2018
Enactment #:
Title: Dump the Stump For the purpose of calling on the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Recreation and Park’s Forestry Division to develop a plan to automatically remove all tree stumps in a timely manner after trees are cut down or fall down and replant trees in their place where necessary.
Sponsors: Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, President Young, Bill Henry, Brandon M. Scott, Kristerfer Burnett, John T. Bullock, Zeke Cohen, Sharon Green Middleton, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Ryan Dorsey, Robert Stokes, Sr.
Indexes: Dump the Stump
Attachments: 1. 18-0085R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_18-0085R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Schleifer


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Dump the Stump
For the purpose of calling on the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Recreation and Park’s Forestry Division to develop a plan to automatically remove all tree stumps in a timely manner after trees are cut down or fall down and replant trees in their place where necessary.
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Recitals

When a tree falls or is removed for safety reasons it often leaves behind a new safety hazard in the form of a tree stump. When these stumps are on public property not only do they put citizens at risk and impede replanting or other use of the former tree site, they also become potentially serious liabilities for the City.

Tree stumps are an eyesore and a hazard that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands by those who get injured by them. In the past two years, Baltimore City has settled two notable cases for $150,000 and $160,000. Many other stump injury cases settle in the $5,000 to $20,000 range.

Tree Baltimore has already inventoried 3,000 tree stump locations in the City right of way. This represents not only thousands of parcels of land that aren’t living up to their potential, but potentially millions of dollars in liability.

There is a cost to remove all of those tree stumps, but the costs of inaction are far greater. The City must develop a plan to remove all tree stumps after trees are cut down or fall down and replant...

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