The Rapid City Council has rejected the proposed dead and diseased tree removal ordinance expansion. The ordinance according to the Rapid City Journal article had been used to cover pine beetle damaged trees and was up for renewal and expansion to cover dead and dying trees in city limits that posed a hazard if they were to fall down. Council members rejected this on the grounds it would put more government involvement on private property and less in the hands of the property owners. Check out the council meeting agenda here.
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