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Redmond sues after company cuts Christmas tree

The spruce near City Hall was supposed to become the city's annual Christmas tree after the completion of a park expansion.

Posted: May 30, 2018 11:22 AM

REDMOND, Ore. (AP) -- The city of Redmond, Oregon, seeks more than $60,000 in a lawsuit filed against a tree-removal company that accidentally cut down a massive spruce in March.

The Bulletin newspaper reports the spruce near City Hall was supposed to become the city's annual Christmas tree after the completion of a park expansion.

Company owner Wade Fagen says the removal was an honest mistake and criticized the city for taking legal action.

A property management company had asked Fagen Tree & Chips to remove a spruce that had a root problem. Fagen says an employee accidentally went to a property three blocks to the east, where he encountered a similar spruce tree with tape and cones around it.

Keith Leitz, the city's human resources director, says the tree was marked to prevent it from being removed during the expansion.

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