Hollier told the City Council at its September meeting that the city cut a branch of his tree which was not presenting a hazard to anyone and not hanging lower than permitted over the street.
“The stub that’s left measures 14 feet and two inches over the street. The branch was 22 to 25 feet over the street before the cutting,” an irate Hollier told officials.
“I don’t think they had the right to cut my tree. I should have at least been informed. I and the other citizens on the street should have been told ‘we are going to cut some trees.’” he said.
Hollier said he had paid an arborist from Opelousas $650 to determine where and when to cut the tree. “Who’s going to pay me back my $650?” he asked.
Hollier got no response from anyone at the meeting.
Previously, Mayor Bob Morris said the city cuts overhanging limbs when it gets complaints from IESI that its garbage trucks cannot pass under them.
Hollier also said city employees are not qualified to work around the power lines and that they wear no helmets or other safety equipment.
“You lucked out that no one got hurt this time,” Hollier said.
“You can only put people at risk so many times (until something happens),” he said.