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October 19, 2013

Businesses, officials seek agreement


“Tree permits are usually handled through the Public Works office and tree contractors know there needs to be a permit,” Craft said. “(But) I don’t think that process was followed.”

Miller, a self-proclaimed “tree guy,” has been disturbed by the outcome of his property sale, which required the removal of the trees in accordance with the offer made by Rotti Motors, and has offered to donate money to the Clinton Tree Commission to rectify the damage and replace the trees.

“I didn’t want to cut the trees down; I dragged my feet clear to the closing on that. I asked Steve ‘are you sure that this is legal?’” Miller said. “He went and asked and said if they’re on your side of the sidewalk you can cut them. I felt I had done my due diligence through our Realtor.”

Miller’s attempts to reconcile the damage done to the property has been well received by the tree commission, and Commission Chairman Randy Pennock is glad to see him stepping up to fix the issue.

“Clinton Auto Group has been awesome through all of this,” Pennock said. “(Miller) did only what he was told to do to make the deal happen. It’s really not his fault.”

But, what still lies in the balance is whose fault it is.

Farwell said he and everyone involved are close to a conclusion and soon the issue will be handled appropriately.

“I kind of have a preliminary agreement issued, I just have to wait to get everyone on the same page,” Farwell said. “It should be taken care of soon.”

As far as the trees are concerned, Pennock plans to meet with Miller in the near future to arrange a time that a donation can be accepted and the trees replaced.

“I’m trying to find a time with the commission to meet with him,” Pennock said. “I don’t want to penalize anybody; I just want it known that you can’t do that.”

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