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Oak trees coming down, crape myrtles going up

Four oak trees along South Slappey Boulevard were cut down Friday morning. / Cody Long


Four oak trees along South Slappey Boulevard were cut down Friday morning.

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Commissioner Jon Howard, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles and Albany Tree Board Chairman Kay Kirkman were there.

They all agree the trees need to come down at this point because they are interfering with power lines.

The city and Water, Gas and Light will now be working to cut down trees that are hanging over power lines and they say they are leaving all trees that don't pose a safety hazard.

"We're all proud of the big live oaks here and we feel they really enhance the community overall," Kirkman said.

Next week, crape myrtles, which don't grow to be as large as the existing trees, will be planted where the oaks once stood.

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