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Dead tree appeal process finalized

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Lawton, Okla._A plan was finalized Tuesday on a dead tree removal project in Lawton. The plan involves ridding the city of over 300 dead or diseased trees.

The City Council voted 7-to-1 to approve the appeal process put in place for residents who do not agree with the city's decision to remove a tree on their property.

The appeal process states that if a citizen believes a tree on their property that the city has deemed dead is in fact not dead, the tree will be taken off the list and a professional will come out to re-assess the tree.

At that point, the professional will either declare the tree dead, in which case the tree will be removed by the city, or the tree will be declared alive and will not be cut down. If a tree is taken off the list, but becomes a problem, or dies later, the resident will be held responsible for paying for the removal of the tree.

City officials say, at this time only three of the 300 plus trees set to be cut down have been appealed.

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