8623 Richardson Branch Trail
A Service Request was generated on March 27, 2012 (12-00141771)regarding erosion issues in the creek behind 8623 Richardson Branch Trail. There was a concern about erosion caused by a downed tree and the potentialloss of other trees.
Engineering staff from Floodplain Management investigated the site andnoted that there was erosion, but the erosion was on a 10-12 foot high creekbank, 50+feet from the home and did not meet current criteria for inclusion intothe department’s Erosion Needs Inventory. Staff agreed to monitor the site inthe future for further erosion and the potential need to include the property inthe Erosion Needs Inventory.
While at the location the staff engineer made note of fallen trees in thecreek and some trees on the bank that could fall and impact structures. Thecase was referred to Flood Control Division for removal of the downed trees andpotential removal of trees on the banks that could fall and impact structures.
The Flood Control Division generated Service Request number 12-00186353 on April 17, 2012 for tree removal in the creek behind 8623Richardson Branch Trail.
Staff investigated and determined two fallen trees in the creek (a cityFloodway Management Area) needed to be removed and two other trees wereindentified for removal after consultation with one of the city arborist (the treeswere deemed a potential hazards t o structures; root structures were exposedand undermined). One additional tree was also removed during the course of the operation
. A total of five trees were removed at this job site.
Asdescribed in the initial service request, one of the trees was +/- 100 feet tall.
Staff removed trees at the location on May 1, 2, 3 and 7.
There were12 staff members that worked at this location, although not all 12were at the location every day (typically 9-10 employees were at theworksite). Staff break times during the operation would be around 10am, 12 pm and 2 pm
Tree removal occurred between two businesses on Greenville Avenue.
Since one of the north bound lanes of Greenville Avenue had to beclosed during the operation, the crew was restricted to working at thelocation from 9:00 am to 3:00 (outside of commuting hours for a majorthoroughfare).
Based on the lack of access for equipment, crews had to remove most of the cut up debris by hand from the creek. A Bobcat - skid steer loader wasbrought in on day three to remove large debris from the creek that could not be