Property owners with dying or dead trees could soon be forced to foot the bill for their removal.
Last week City of Lawton employees advised members of the "Dead Tree Committee" that the cost to remove the nearly 300 trees from one of Lawton's oldest neighborhoods would be staggering.
In November, city officials announced they would pay for the removal that would be funded by the city's emergency fund.
Committed members said the dead or dying trees posed imminent danger to the public after two trees have recently fell severely damaging a parked car.
Despite the concern with conservative estimates totaling over 150 thousand dollars, some members suggested the city pass those costs on to property owners by filing a lien against the property for the removal of the tree.
The committee also acknowledged the lien wasn't a guaranteed fix if property owners were unable to pay to have the lien removed.