Jun 08

Updated Jun 10

Car alarm 4300 block Ridgeway

Anyone know who owns this car. The alarm has been going for 9 hours now. Half a dozen people called the cops, but all they do is blast by with their lights on. Also, no sticker or street permit. Maybe a nice ticket would catch his attention.

May 15

Water fountain shut off?

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Using Gompers Lagoon on the city’s Northwest Side as an example, Cooper said the small path around the water currently had three stand-alone water fountains around a paved, circular path about a quarter-mile long. Currently, one of those three fountains falls in the group of 500 that do not have a problem with lead in the water. As of this weekend, it was being flushed; the two other fountains were turned off—and by Monday, had been removed.

Records show some fountains at Gompers Park registered lead levels of 75 and 50 ppb at testing."

There's a lot of traffic through the park; why not let the water run continuously to avoid the contamination?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-park-district-continuously-flushing-water-fountains-to-keep-safe-lead-levels-20180514-story.html

    Park District could shut off half of outdoor drinking fountains amid lead concerns
    Thirsty? As the mercury climbs this summer, Chicagoans - including tens of thousands of kids enrolled in summer camps at city parks - will have hundreds fewer outdoor water fountains to rely on because lead testing once again has shown the city's tap water is tainted.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Apr 11 2016

Updated May 14

Parkway tree inspection?

Last fall the tree in our neighbor's parkway came crashing down in our yard during a storm. When we looked at the remaining stump we saw that it was dead and rotten straight through. The city removed the debris, but did not assist with our claim as the neighbor had never reported a tree problem to the city.

We have a similar tree on our own parkway that we have concerns about. Based on how it looked last fall, it isn't dead but it isn't terribly healthy either. Does anyone know how to go about getting the city to do a "wellness check" on a tree?

  • PurpleHat Small biz owner in Albany Pk. Former Realtor.

    Thanks Scott, but you know that this post is two years old, right? (Also, the dead tree has been deemed "not dead enough" to come down and still stands out front.)

  • PurpleHat, updated info is for anyone searching topic in future. If you do not mind, can I get location of tree to check it out for myself. Then I might then be able to supply you with little more technical info, to better understand official diagnosis by city forestry. As...

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    PurpleHat, updated info is for anyone searching topic in future. If you do not mind, can I get location of tree to check it out for myself. Then I might then be able to supply you with little more technical info, to better understand official diagnosis by city forestry. As a Volunteer Openland's TreeKeeper, we are trained on diagnosing conditions of trees. Its suggested we look out for problem trees, and report to city same way residents do.

    From my experience, City of Chicago arborist usually have no qualms in cutting down the least bit questionable trees. In fact it seems they have a quota to fill, expecting to remove large numbers of trees every winter anyways. And with new machinery, it takes less work to remove than properly planting one. In past cost of removing a tree was an astounding $1200 bucks! Agreed to by union.

    Property owners pressure city to remove perfectly healthy trees. Or fully blame big parkway tree for damaging private sewer line. Unaware already damaged drainage pipe leaking water invites root growth. Regrowing back, requiring pipe to be rodded out again. Largest reason of drainage lines needing expensive replacement falls on houses original builders who cut corners by installing loose fitting clay pipes without any grout to keep from inevitable leaking.

    Any Arborist knows how healthiest looking trees can turn out to be the structurally weakest and most dangerous. Also true that newest growth ring produced by trees already hollowing out, is only thing keeping it standing. Just like pipe or cardboard tube is a strong hollow structure with OD of outer shell thick enough. So hollow or rotting tree suffers weakened health, newest growth rings will be much thinner. Peak time for failure by thin walled trunk, is month of July during summer drought. Suddenly dropping off on a bright sunny windless day. Ironically lower trunk shoots everyone likes pruning off, supply added girth to trunk. So best option for hollowing out tree, is to retain.

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