Although a city tree is damaging Paul and Sherie Bastien's property, they can't get rid of it, they say.
After giving up on the idea of getting the city to remove the tree, the couple who live on Newhaven Lane with their two children decided to pay for removing it themselves in hopes of reducing any further damage to their sidewalk, pool pump and block wall.
"I either pay for the tree or let my property get damaged," said Paul Bastien, 43. "I'd rather save my property. I'm saving in the long run."
Dealing with the city, however, proved to be a catch-22 scenario, the Bastiens said. While the city allows residents to remove trees that are diseased or causing damage, the requirements have proven to be too costly and demanding. Now, the two sides are at a standoff, with the Bastiens refusing to pay for the tree and the city claiming that it doesn't have the funds to remove it.