Tree removal at Grass Valley Library |

Tree removal at Grass Valley Library

Chris Young, a climber at Trees Unlimited, just after removing the top from a tree that was threatening structural damage to the neighboring property.

Motorists on Mill Street drove past a work site at the Grass Valley Library Monday morning while Trees Unlimited, a local tree removal contractor, worked to prevent damage to a neighboring property.

A total of seven trees were removed, three of which reportedly threatened structural damage to the neighboring property at 203 Mill St.

Craig Hamilton, owner of the property, said the county went above and beyond in responding to his request that the trees get removed. The trees have not done any serious structural damage that he’s aware of, but there were some issues with siding and rain gutters.

“They’re good normal people, and they were more than willing and easy to deal with,” Hamilton said.

Tom Coburn, facilities manager for the county’s Information and General Services department, said he plans to replant another tree in a more appropriate location closer to the library, away from the property line.

“That’s kind of my policy for when we take out a tree,” Coburn said. “We won’t be able to put three back, though, because it would just be too much.”

Coburn also stated that it took the county approximately 60 days to process the task, from the time the work was requested to the time of it’s completion.

Jim Norman, owner of Trees Unlimited, said he expected to have the work done in just a matter of hours. Norman said they were dropping heavier pieces of the trees onto a pile of branches to prevent bounce and minimize damage to the 203 Mill St. property.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to or call 530-477-4230.

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