The Burke Mountain neighborhood in Coquitlam may be seeing a change in scenery.
Coquitlam city councillor Craig Hodge says as many as six hundred hemlock trees could be cut down to protect residents as fall and winter months approach.
“It’s not a tree that’s very wind resistant. The trees and nature are what makes Burke Mountain really special. It’s not an easy choice but I think the decision is going to have to be made that public safety is paramount in this.”
Hodge says there’s been an increase in concern of trees toppling over.
“This is not an easy choice for council, cause we know there are people who love the trees, we know that.”
If council approves, it would cost the city $650,000.
“We keep a fund set aside for extreme weather events so it won’t be passed on to the tax payer.”
Council will vote tomorrow.
If approved trees, residents will start to see trees come down immediately.
In March, a woman was killed in Port Moody while sleeping when a tree fell and smashed through her home.