Doug's Tree Service workers cut dead and dying trees at Columbia River Park today. The trees were considered by borough officials to be a public safety concern, and those slated to be cut had been marked with orange spray paint as reported HERE on Columbia Spy. Last fall, Columbia Borough Council approved the hiring of Doug's Tree Service to cut the trees at a price not to exceed $14,000. Reportedly, Doug's had submitted the lowest of several bids for the job. As reported on Columbia Spy HERE, Borough Manager Ron Miller said that reforesting will be done in the spring to replace the lost trees.
An "uprooted" information plaque and a badly broken park bench were found near one of the cut trees close to the bridge today. Columbia Spy also found a chainsaw that was apparently left behind by Doug's workers and reported it to Columbia Borough Police, who retrieved it. Calls to Doug's Tree Service were unanswered due to their office being closed today.