Woman says city wrecked her fence

ST. LOUIS - 5 on your Side is attempting to mend fences between the city of St. Louis and some newly returned residents.

It's pretty clear cut: a couple of clear cuts on limbs of a maple tree on Oakherst Place indicates some recent tree trimming, along with the branches and a broken fence. Not so clear to the owners of the property, Virginia Roberts and her husband, is just was who was responsible.

It needs some love, but the stone house on the Roberts' property, built in the early 1900s, is their dream home in the making.

"We just bought it. It's an investment for us," Roberts said. "My husband has done quite a bit of landscaping work out here."

However, he did not have a hand in a sloppy tree trimming job.

"They piled it all up and tore this section of the fence down," said Roberts.

But who is "they"? Roberts asked around. A neighbor filled her in.

"She said, 'Yeah, the city was over there cutting limbs yesterday,'" Roberts said. "I don't see any electrical wires, I don't see any reason for why they trimmed it back."

Roberts contacted the City of St. Louis.

"I just really want them to come and get this mess and take it away and fix my fence," she said.

5 on Your Side's Mike Rush called St. Louis' Forestry Division, who showed up while he was there. Greg Hayes, Commissioner of the Forestry Division, also came by at another time in the day.

Hayes told Rush a city worker who was already in the area saw the branches as he was passing and cut them because they were a hazard to the right of way. However, the worker denies he damaged the fence.

The commissioner said the city's claims department will look into Roberts' assertion and he will personally contact the homeowners to explain what he found.


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