by Jessee Perry
Dear Levar, Andreas, Kim, Chris, Kristen, Parker, Ellen, Cynthia, Reva, and Michael:
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays! We were going to wait to start bothering y'all until after you were sworn in but in #TrumpsWorld, all bets are off and chaos reigns supreme. I don't know if you've happened to drive anywhere in the vicinity of Monroe Park in the last 30 days, but maybe you noticed there's a screen fence all the way around it now? Maybe you have heard about how Richmond Food Not Bombs has had to relocate to Abner Clay Park to feed people, but encountered permitting issues?
This tree removal plan is in direct opposition of the Monroe Park Master Plan. Many of the trees tagged for removal in the schematic are labeled to remain in the master plan.
As well as contradicting the Monroe Park Master Plan, it also raises questions on how these trees got slated for removal. Based on the City's Tree Policy Ordinance , there should have been a permitting process with approvals. In addition, Monroe Park Conservancy's lease does not start until the renovations are completed. What implication do these removals have on their lease? More than we, as Richmond residents, want answers as to how this happened, we want the removals halted immediately. The old administration has been silent. Please ask your colleagues to act immediately and call for the tree removals to be halted. Stand up and voice your opinion on a project that will be taking place during your tenure, once you are sworn in in less than a week.