Tree Dispute in Delta County, Residents Want Answers
KREX News Room
DELTA COUNTY, Colo.- Steven Horn, a resident of Delta County, went outside his house after hearing a loud crack, to find a large tree that fell on top of his car.
Horn says he has previously made several calls to the city asking them to maintain the trees, but they never responded. "I complained last year about a tree limb almost hitting my car and they still didn't come out and trim the trees."
City officials say they've never received any calls. "I'm not aware of any phone calls that have come through the front office as to any trees in that area that have had any issues," said Jolene Nelson, the city clerk with Delta County.
With no one held responsible, residents say they're left in a hazard zone. "There's a lot of stuff that needs to be done. It hasn't been maintained in several years," said a resident in the area who wanted to stay anonymous.
Horn's primary concern is to have the damages on his car paid for by the city, or whoever owns the property. "They said it's an act of God, and they probably won't cover it," said Horn.
City officials say otherwise. "That will be determined through the investigation and when the claim is filed. If the city is liable, then the city will look at that area. Once the form is completed we will send it to our insurance company and then they will get an adjuster out and investigate the claim," said Nelson.