The Hanford Parks and Recreation Commission will consider permission to remove two large dying oak trees at 502 W. Grangeville Blvd. during a meeting on Monday.
Diaz Law Firm, the owner of the property, requested that the trees be cut down, saying the trees threatened public safety. Michael Dias, owner of the 502 W. Grangeville estate and founder of the Dias Law Firm, said he wanted to keep the trees but drew the line when it started to get dangerous.
“It’s a safety issue here now,” said Michael Diaz. “There are people in my office.”
Pursuant to the agenda of the meeting, park staff evaluated the trees and agreed with Diaz LLP’s assessment that they should be removed because they pose a threat to public safety.
Dias owns both 502 W. Grangeville and the adjacent 510 W. Grangeville, and said the upcoming renovation of 510 W. Grangeville will plant at least one new oak tree. Diaz said he’s planted two new oak trees on the property over the past 15 years, and both are doing well.
The committee will also review the challenges and successes Hanford’s Parks and Recreation department faced throughout 2022.
Members of the public will be given a three minute opportunity to comment at the start of the meeting to call attention to an issue not on the agenda or to comment on one of the agenda items.
The Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room at City Hall. 315 N. Doughty Street