Letter: Plants’ placement creates hazards


There ought to be a law against obstructing driver visibility along roads. And one against cities, counties, states from planting invasive, non-native species.

I, ironically, was almost killed by a logging truck on the corner of Evergreen Lane and Highway 228.

That was my first of now three near-death experience at that corner all because of a line of ugly useless shrubs (dwarf poisonous oleanders?) that someone, who could not just leave well enough alone after installing the new sidewalk, decided needed to be planted in the park strip.

Can we have them removed, please? They are hazardous and interfere with the visibility of the Highway 228 and Evergreen street intersection – a very precarious intersection already, with Evergreen situated too close to the crest of a hill people fly over.

Visibility is paramount at this intersection, especially for people who drive sedans/compacts. The bushes should be removed starting at Evergreen Lane and on up to the Stone Brook Apartments driveway. I have to put my car into oncoming westbound traffic in order to see the crest of the hill and if someone’s coming over it.

If the city can’t afford to have them removed I offer my services free of charge right here right now. I have a shovel and can buy a pickax if needed.

The holly tree on the opposite corner is also a visibility hazard. I have an electric chainsaw…

Also, that scotch broom (an invasive plant from Europe and North Africa) or whatever it is, on the corner of Oak Terrace and Hwy. 228, needs to go. It grows too tall, again interfering with visibility.

Plus, they’re ugly as sin.

Is it going to take someone getting killed? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Remember that one? Let’s be proactive instead of always reactive.

Diane Daiute

Sweet Home