Ste Thérèse citizens want financial assistance to replace ash trees

Following the news on the numerous ash trees attacked by the emerald ash borer at the Jardin des sources residence in Sainte-Thérèse, more ash trees from another sector of the City, where the development of Havre du ruisseau condominiums is located, are also at risk. North Shore news recently reported on the programs of Ash tree replacements by other cities like Rosemère and the help they provide to their citizens.
The condo association of Havre du ruisseau recently received a formal notice from the City of Sainte-Thérèse, urging them to replace the affected trees, at their expense, within ten days. At $ 150 a tree, the local group “It is starting to get expensive” says it is too much and in collaboration with the owners is asking the City to offer them financial compensation to cut down, collect and replace dead ash trees. Nearly forty are affected while a dozen will have to be cut down.
The «ça commence à faire cher !» association is asking the city of Sainte-Thérèse that the trees are inspected and analysed by city experts in order to be informed which of them should be cut, which can be treated and how the city is planning to help them. Instead they got an ‘arrange yourself!’ notice.
Different cities have different compensation programs to take care of the emerald ash borer problem.
The City of Sainte-Thérèse does not intend to change its way of proceeding, especially when the trees in question present a danger to its population, as are the ash trees attacked by the emerald ash borer. The city maintains that it is the responsibility of the owners to take care not only of the tree cutting but also the replacing of them and no assistance is offered.