By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Some Everly ash trees to get the blade

City staff targets 34; council wants more


August 24, 2023


Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in 97 of Iowa's 99 counties, including Clay and O'Brien counties.

Some ash trees in Everly are officially on borrowed time.

The city council on Monday agreed to take down at least 34 ash trees in city rights-of-ways, with potentially more to come. City staff will review the condition of ash trees at Everly Community Park to determine if more need to be added to the list.

"It sounds like we might need to pull that trigger and get rolling with it," said Mayor Ron Thompson.

The 34 trees were determined to be in the worst condition. Gas Superintendent Josh Rinehart will get a final tally of the worst ashes and obtain quotes for removal. Overall costs could ra...

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