While I appreciate Mike Prager writing an article (June 25) to help Columbia Circle and Downriver Golf Course save the beautiful trees, I must respond.
To begin with, Columbia Circle neighbors were never told about the removal of the trees until recently. At that time, neighbors made multiple calls to Spokane City Council members Karen Stratton and Candace Mumm, as well as Mayor David Condon. They were not returned. At no time were neighbors told there had been other options for the trench considered, but rejected for the Columbia Circle route because of cost.
Condon’s spokeswoman, Marlene Feist, responded with a lengthy letter of statements that were not accurate. For example, she stated the neighbors had a say in the choice of large trees to replace those coming down. No one was given that opportunity. Angel Spell, the urban forestry representative, stated the replacement trees would have 2-inch trunks. That’s comparable to a branch on a young tree.
Condon, Stratton and Mumm need to stand up for their citizens and stop the destruction of neighborhoods like Columbia Circle and Downriver Golf Course.