Posted on January 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM
KENT, Wash. -- Kent lawyers say three homeowners illegally topped trees on city-owned property, and potentially put a hillside at risk.
The city plans to send a letter to the three homeowners on Friday which details the estimated damage to the trees above Reith Road on the West Hill of Kent. The city’s lawyers believe the damage was done in October or November, and the homeowners paid for the work in order to have a better view of Mt. Rainier and the Green River valley.
Kent’s Chief Prosecuting Attorney Tami Perdue says 71 trees were topped, including Douglas Firs, Cedars and Cottonwoods. Some of the trees, says Perdue, were 90 to 120 feet tall.
Perdue warns the city could seek a civil lawsuit against the homeowners, or even criminal malicious mischief charges.
The city estimates it will cost a little more than $123,000 to stabilize the slope.
One of the homeowners said Thursday night he had nothing to do with the tree topping, and did not know who was responsible.