Horseshoe Bay City Council condemns tree
February 18, 2014, 5:30 pm by Alexandria Randolph
Horseshoe Bay City Council made a final decision over the controversy between a well-loved tree and a public safety concern.
After hearing the comments of citizens and city officials in a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, council rescinded the initial decision to close a portion of Out Yonder and approved the removal of what was reported to be a centuries-old tree.
The vote to remove the tree was four to one with Councilmember Michel Shackelford opposed, and the final decision after a lengthy deliberation was applauded by some of those present.
Several residents at the meeting commented with differing opinion on what should be done about the tree. The High Vista Condominium Association, which governs the condominium complex on Out Yonder, presented a petition opposing the creation of a cul de sac at Hi Stirrup where it intersected with Out Yonder on the basis of safety.
"With no other exit available, a fire or ambulance on Clayton Nolen could be a risk to our residents,” said Jackie Hampton, High Vista Condo Association President.
For more on this story, see Friday's Highlander.
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