BUCHANAN – Buchanan City Commissioners had a lot on their plate at their meeting Monday night.
Commissioners discussed everything from trees on Days Avenue and progress on the revising the city’s master plan to approving a new marijuana business and taking the first steps to financing municipal building improvements.
Monday’s meeting was entirely remote due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the county. City Manager Heather Grace reported that she has also taken steps to limit public access to city buildings in order to keep staff and residents safe. City Hall and the Buchanan Police Department are open on a limited basis with people only able to enter the small lobby area in each building.
The future of trees along Days Avenue was the most controversial topic of the meeting. Four people spoke on the subject at the start of the meeting and asked commissioners to not remove the trees as was being considered.
The issue came up due to complaints from homeowners along Days Avenue who said the trees in front of their homes are causing problems ranging from raising up sidewalks to the roots clogging up sewer lines.
Resident Alan Robandt said he would like to see tree removal be the last resort.
“Trees are so important in terms of defining the character of our community,” he said. “Cutting and removing them doesn’t…