MASON CITY, Iowa – As local communities prepare for the arrival of the emerald ash borer, city officials have made decisions to make sure they are equipped to face the invasive species.
Mason City’s City Council made the decision to do a mass tree removal.
They approved the purchase of an aerial basket truck, which will be equipped to cut down about 2,700 ash trees growing in the area.
Many residents and homeowners do not agree with cutting down the trees, instead they want to use pesticide to save the trees and money.
“It should be the city’s responsibility to utilize pesticide application programs in order to inject the trees with the materials needed to save them,” says Jesse Fox, sales and service manager of Cutting Edge Tree Services.
The truck will cost over $200,000 and the city operations and maintenance department has requested to create three new arborist positions with a starting salary of $55,000.