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Trees at Entry to Chuck Corica Golf Course Tagged for Removal to Accommodate Sewer Pump Station Work

City Council will be reviewing the proposal to remove them at its Dec. 6 meeting.

Five mature trees growing along the side of Clubhouse Memorial Road which leads into the Chuck Corica Golf Course have been tagged for removal by the Alameda Public Works Department.

Dated Nov. 16, the notices on each of the five trees indicate they can be removed no sooner than 14 days after the date of notification.

In actuality, however, they cannot be removed until after the Alameda City Council votes to approve their removal, according to Public Works Department Construction Manager Ahmed Aly. The matter will come before the City Council at its Dec. 6 meeting.

According to Aly, the tree removal is necessary in order to retrofit and improve a sewer pumping station adjacent to the trees.

Aly said the project is the result of litigation against the East Bay Municipal Utility District that resulted in assessments being done to sewer pumping facilities such as this one.

He said the rehab is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The pump station itself needs to be retrofitted with new pumps and a backup generator. Tree roots have also caused some damage to the station, Aly said. "The concern is about (sewage) overflow," he said. "This project was rated as high priority."

The sewer pump station is one of several on Bay Farm Island, but the one most in need of immediate improvement, according to Aly.

Prior to the trees being tagged, Aly said a representative from the Public Works Department met with the Golf Commission to inform them about the need for the tree removal. Residents within 300 feet of the project also received notices informing them about plans for cutting down the trees and were told the issue would be discussed at City Council's Dec. 6 meeting, according to Aly.

"Overall," said Aly, "there has been pretty positive feedback about the project."

New landscaping and extended fencing will be installed if and when the trees are removed, Aly said. Replacement landscaping proposed includes Yellow Trumpetvine, New Zealand Flax and Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat.

Although the site of the trees is just off Island Drive on Clubhouse Memorial Road, Aly said he does not anticipate traffic will be impacted by the tree removal or work on the pump station, should it occur, because the site is on private property. 

Liz Taylor November 22, 2011 at 02:13 PM
What might alternatives be to tree removal? It is easy to cut down a tree, but not one of us can make one. Replanting is a help but years will elapse before saplings provide the shade, shelter, and character of a mature tree.
Tom Brody November 22, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Trees are living things, just as puppies, kittens, and parakeets, are living things. Think about it.
Mr. Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 04:21 PM
If the roots really are causing the station to potentially fail, then the trees need to go. Damage to an already over-taxed infrastructure is not something we can afford right now. So while I would miss the trees, I would prefer not to say "hello" to a massive sewage leak, or more money dumped into an environmental disaster should the pumping station fail.
Tom Brody November 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM
It can be argued both ways. The high prevalence of the "Tree-Menace" is a threat to society. Roots creep through tiny cracks in foundations of buildings and houses, causing damage, leading to flooding, potential electrical hazards, breaking sewage pipes with the resultant release of pathogenic bacteria, and comprising earthquake resistance of structures. Moreover, roots creeping under sidewalks subvert the integrity of said sidewalks, causing old people as well as others who are not so light-of-foot, to trip and fall, with the fracturing of bones and teeth. Additionally, the prevalence of fallen branches (a particularly pernicious component of the "Tree Menace") especially during windstorms, results in damage to vehicles, occasional deaths, and the blockage of roadways which, during time of emergency, can block the passage of firetrucks and law enforcement vehicles.
joel November 22, 2011 at 05:31 PM
This City and public work is real trip they go any which way to circumvent theit own regulations . They want to transform Alameda to the landscape of the point . If they cannot work around the tree we might want to consider importing qualified worker from Europe and that include management .
joel November 22, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Tom : they wont block the passage of the fire truck , these need to review if it is in their contract to drive near a tree........ I have yet in my many short years , some involved with my relastives all contracvtors to find a tree root that cause electrical short in a house . Yes they break foundation , one has to be an Idiot to plant tree with such root sytem near an house . Are you suggesting thatb we remove all the liquid amber by the Gibbons Area as well as all the tree lining central street they all damage the side walk , as far as tree getting in the sewer system get the right kind of sewer line and you will never have a problem.
joel November 22, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Are you suggesting we dispose off anyone that is mature , who will make the diapers .
Irene Dieter November 22, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Krusi Park trees are also slated for removal. However, no notices are on these trees: http://islesay.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/krusi-park-trees-slated-for-removal/
Annie Flanders November 23, 2011 at 12:13 AM
it is really, really sad that many of the trees in alameda are either being cut down or they already HAVE been cut down. it's obvious that the current city council is NOT pro-environmental.
Carol Parker March 07, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I drove past the site today and saw that all of the trees have been completely cut down and removed. There were many large industrial vehicles surrounding the pump station involved in heavy construction work. The City has promised new landscaping will be put in the area once the construction work is complete, although it will be shrubbery and the like, not trees.
Carol Parker February 06, 2013 at 01:23 PM
The project seems to be completed and there is a black iron fence around it now. They have replanted some trees, across the driveway from it near the fire department training tower. It does not look like all of the other landscaping has yet been installed, or if it has it has not yet grown to a size to be very attractive. The project turned out to be a large undertaking with many large vehicles in and out of the site. I can see why the larger trees needed to be removed to accomplish the repairs. What do others think of how it looks now as you drive down Island Drive?

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