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Road project is a tree-mendous mess

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In the latest edition of The Gazette I noticed that Mayor Melissa Northern is highlighting Flower Mound being recently named a Tree City USA community.

She went on to note that 596 trees were or will be added to the Morriss/Gerault Road corridor.  Is that a net new 596 trees? 

This last weekend I was driving down Morriss Rd. and noticed a number of brand new, young trees were being planted in the median. Unfortunately, I remember a number of months ago when the work began on Morriss that all of those wonderful old trees, that are probably older than the Mayor, were being torn up and turned into mulch, all in the name of progress and widening Morriss. 

But wait, Morriss hasn’t been widened.  So why were all the trees eliminated and more importantly, at what cost to the Flower Mound taxpayers?  And at what cost to the Flower Mound taxpayers are the new trees that are being planted?  I am not a tree hugger; just don’t have much patience for waste.  After all, with all the commotion over drilling we are certainly an eco-friendly community, correct?

We should all delight in the recognition of being a Tree City USA.  However, if we destroyed more trees than we are adding – well that’s politics – the art of spin.

Michael Gagne
Flower Mound, TX

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