Contractor unjustly accused by The Union |

Contractor unjustly accused by The Union

After reading article on Jan. 22, 2002, and subsequent letters in Opinion Column I feel the need to speak to make known the truth, and injustice, brought upon Bruce Ivy, his company and employees regarding this story.

In no way did Bruce Ivy or any one at Bruce Ivy Construction direct, give permission, or have knowledge that Mrs. Williams’ tree would be felled without her permission.

I know this as fact, for if anyone would know the truth to this story, it would be the person who felled Mrs. Williams’ tree.

Being temporarily employed by Ivy Construction while on leave from my permanent job, I had been doing selective tree removal for Bruce on property next to Mrs. Williams. I had been directed by Bruce not to cut anything below the road line parallel to Mrs. Williams’ property because the property line location was in question and that he needed to seek approval to purchase seven trees on her property.

In leaving that location for several days, not having finished work, I was directed to return to finish the work. It was my assumption without clarification at that time that Mrs. Williams had been contacted and an agreement for removal of the trees had been made. This was my error, not Mr. Ivy’s.

Bruce Ivy made every attempt to make right with Mrs. Williams the removal of this tree for which I am responsible.

Both Bruce and myself apologized and made our regret known to Mrs. Williams several times during our meeting with her to discuss the falling of the tree without Mrs. Williams’ knowledge.

It was prior to our meeting with Mrs. Williams that day that I hung flagging on remaining trees we wished to purchase from her so that she could identify the trees to be considered.

The removal of this tree was a mistake on my part and added very little additional view to the property.

“Contractor takes advantage of 72-year-old woman” could not be further from the truth.

My statements are truth and fact, not those born out of contempt prior to investigation.

Duane Carter

Grass Valley

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