Arbor Village sidewalk project open house tonight

Banks – The Arbor Village neighborhood plans an open house meeting for property owners and residents this evening, November 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Banks Fire Department, located at 13430 NW Main Street in Banks.

The meeting will discuss a project, set to occur in four phases, that is intended to make improvements to the subdivision.

“Back when (Arbor Village) was set up, they planted trees too close to the sidewalks,” said Gene Stout, homeowners president of Arbor Village. “Now, the trees have grown and the roots are tearing up the sidewalks. The public meeting is to give everyone an overview of what’s been happening. The construction company is supposed to remove all the trees, grind them down to stumps, tear up the sidewalks, plant new trees and rebuild the sidewalks.”

Phase one of the project will see the trees removed and the stumps ground down — there will be a map on display at the meeting, and there also is one at Banks City Hall, that shows which trees will be removed.

Phase two involves the sidewalk demolition, which will include some street and curb work in certain areas as well.

During phase three residents will see the pouring of the concrete for the new sidewalks — exactly when this happens and when it will be completed depends on the weather, meaning there could be delays due to rain.

Finally, phase four will involve the planting of new trees and work on the planter strips found in front of individual houses.

A letter from the city of Banks warns Arbor Village property owners that if the planter strip in front of their house is less than 36-inches wide and currently holds a tree, the tree will not be replaced “as anything less than 36 inches is not a sufficient amount of space for a tree to grow.”

All questions and/or concerns will be addressed at the open house meeting.

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson holds a bachelors in journalism and an MBA in marketing. He’s a10-time, Oregon SPJ award-winning journalist, a two-time winner of an ADDY (advertising) for copywriting, and a one-time award winner for fiction for the NW Coastal Writer’s Series. Email: Twitter: @rosecitywriting