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Proposed Ordinance Could Save Andersonville Trees From Being Cut Down

A new ordinance that was proposed Wednesday by two Chicago Alderman hopes to save hundreds of Chicago trees by examining alternative construction methods that are less invasive.

Ald. Brian Hopkins(2nd) and Ald. Andre Vasquez(40th) introduced the measure that would look at a construction option called Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) technology and test 10,000 feet of the method. The ordinance is expected to be voted on later in the year and if it passes will put a stop to trees being cut down for water main and sewer projects throughout the city until results from the testing are completed by next summer.

Since Edgeville Buzz first reported about the CIPP technology as it relates to the East Andersonville community and their fight to save at least 14 healthy 100-year-old trees from being cut down to make way for sewer line replacement, the issue has gained increased attention. Other communities throughout the City have weighed in about their struggle with the destruction of mature trees while resident’s voices were reportedly ignored about possible alternatives.

CIPP technology has already been used in other Illinois cities such as Lombard, Rockford, Orland Park, Evanston and Arlington Heights to rehabilitate underground pipes and water mains. It involves inserting a woven liner injected with epoxy resin into the existing pipes giving them a brand new quality structure and another 50 years of life.

Another process called directional boring is also promising. It is a trenchless method of installing underground utilities such as pipe using a drilling rig. That process is considered to use minimal impact and offers significant environmental advantages over traditional drilling.

East Andersonville residents have raised their voices about alternatives to cutting down the trees and called out those in elected positions who have been ignoring their concerns. One such person, Resident Council Tree Committee Chairperson and EARC Block Rep. Lesley Ames, has worked together with many of her neighbors to find a solution before the unthinkable happens to their street.

“Looking at the ordinance, it really made me happy to see so many Alderman getting behind the cause,” said Ames. “Trees help define the community so we are hoping not to see any more healthy ones get cut down. If it passes, we hope that it leads to other legislation that protects Chicago trees.”

The proposed ordinance gives a fresh hope to many communities including East Andersonville who are struggling with the threat of their streets being stripped bare of trees that have been a part of their neighborhood for a lifetime.

Currently 35 Alderman have signed support for the measure. However, East Andersonville trees are still vulnerable to being cut down before the voting takes place on the ordinance. Ames along with many of her neighbors are currently reaching out to Ald. Harry Osterman to seek assurance that the trees are not destroyed before then.

A petition has been created for those who would like to help support the cause.

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