Past city contractor: We didn’t trim poplars |

Past city contractor: We didn’t trim poplars

Janet Holley points to her home of 32 years on a mural of Glenwood Springs in Centennial Park.
Randy Essex / Post Independent |

The owner of Glenwood Springs’ past tree maintenance company on Monday said his crews never trimmed silver poplar trees rooted on public property in the 900 block of Blake Avenue that the city ordered removed.

John Nevonen, the owner of ABC, said Monday that he’s familiar with the trees, and took down a silver poplar south of Holley’s house at that property owner’s expense. He said all of the poplars are old, and his company didn’t do any work on the trees in front of Holley’s house.

The owner of the home adjacent to the two trees, which are rooted in the “parkway” — the public strip between the sidewalk and street — was assessed $4,150 for removal of the trees. Janet Holley contends that bad trimming done a few years ago that made the trees susceptible to fatal disease is the responsibility of the city, and it should pay.

The dispute and mystery of who trimmed the trees was the subject of a feature story in the Post Independent on Monday.

Homeowner Janet Holley’s attorney and the city are discussing a solution, though the city says it has no record of ordering the trees trimmed.

Gregory Durrett, the retired owner of the Italian Underground who is a neighbor of Holley’s, said that ABC Tree and Lawn trucks did the most recent trimming on the poplars. Durrett, who has lived on the block since childhood, said he always thought the city took care of trimming trees in the parkway along the block, and he had never been assessed for the work.

The city has a tree maintenance contract for up to $65,000 a year with Aspen Tree Service, which last week removed the trees in front of Holley’s house. The contract includes trimming trees to be clear of city power lines, but the lines in Holley and Durrett’s block are in the alley behind the property.

Before last year, ABC Tree was the city tree contractor.

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