City Manager Julia Carroll’s plan to start charging residents for half the cost of new parkway trees in front of their homes came under withering criticism from aldermen Saturday.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said the plan would place an undue burden on homeowners and that the cost of parkway trees should be shared by everybody.

Ms. Carroll said she’d provide a memo explaining the proposal, but Alderman Elizabeth Tisdahl, 7th Ward, said while she’d be happy to see the memo, she has a closed mind on the issue and doesn’t want to start charging homeowners for parkway trees.

And as Ald. Tisdahl spoke, Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, shook her head in agreement.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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