City: Dead trees pose hazard

The Fairfield City Council discussed a proposal Monday night to cut down two trees on a resident?s property, and the possibility of a court case should the resident resist.

Code enforcement officer Scott Vaughan told the council that a pair of dead trees on Kay Adam?s property in the 500 block of East Fillmore Avenue pose a hazard to the property to the west. He sent Adam a letter in April asking her to remove the trees by May 21. On May 23, he wrote her another letting saying that since she did not remove the trees herself, the city would have to do so on June 4.

Adam was present for Monday?s meeting. She approached the microphone and said to the council, ?See you in court,? and then left the council chambers.

The Ledger was unable to reach Adam for comment prior to publication.

City Attorney John Morrissey said Adam was communicating with an attorney in Ottumwa, and that he expected to hear from attorney John R. Webber III in the next few days.

Vaughan said there was some dispute about whether the trees in question were on Adam?s property, but that the pins had been found and that the trees ?were clearly on her side.?

Councilor Katy Anderson wanted to protect the city from a legal battle, and wondered if it should wait to remove the trees until hearing from Webber. City Administrator Aaron Kooiker said attorneys have already vetted the city?s nuisance abatement codes and that as long as the city follows its standards, it should not have to worry about a lawsuit.