Editor: The following letter was sent to the mayor and council of the Township:
Recently the Township chopped down the Christmas tree in the roundabout at 216 Street and 48 Avenue (Five Corners).
We were involved in the planting of that tree when the roundabout was constructed. We paid for the tree and planted the tree at that time.
Township engineering staff approved the tree, the planting of it and were present at the time it was planted.
Why, five years later, would they chop it down?
This tree was healthy and growing very nicely. Overall, it improved the safety of the intersection by reducing headlight glare, which is a problem. Roundabouts generally have a raised centre for that reason.
The action of the Township in this case was completely unjustified for any reason.
The tree brought pleasure and happiness to all that passed the intersection. It was a native species of evergreen and was perfect as both a Christmas tree and as part of the natural landscape.
Everyone enjoyed the tree. Please put it back.
Sharon and Wally Martin