Let's clean up 'million-dollar views' says Coun. Scott Duvall

News Jun 24, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

There are some amazing viewpoints from the Mountain brow.

However, many of them are obscured by overgrown brush and weeds, says central Mountain councillor Scott Duvall.

“It bothers me that we’re letting it go like this,” he said during a recent walk along Mountain Park Avenue.

“Why can’t we have a beautiful view for tourists and everyone else?”

Tennessee Propedo, the city’s parks manager, said some sections along Mountain Park have been cleaned up in the past year to allow better views.

But there are concerns — both worker safety and from an erosion standpoint — with working on the edge of the escarpment.

He said extensive removal of vegetation that was done in the past is not a good practice today.

“If we start clearcutting, that accelerates the erosion process,” said Propedo. “We’re trying to find that happy balance.”

Cutting a tree down but leaving the stump and roots works for a short period, he said, but Mother Nature makes sure the remains are returned to the earth, so it doesn’t stop erosion from occurring.

Propedo said in recent years some fences along the escarpment have had to be moved back because the escarpment continues to recede each year. Regular rock slides along the length of the Mountain attest to that.

“We’ve had to pull (the fence) in a foot and a half, two feet, because it’s eroded that much,” he said.

Duvall said he understands the safety and erosion concerns, but believes more can be done to preserve the “million-dollar views.”

Weeds that protrude a foot or more through the decorative fences onto the sidewalk should be cut, he said, and some flat areas currently ignored could easily be kept in check.

Propedo said he is meeting with staff this week to see what else can be done.

Let's clean up 'million-dollar views' says Coun. Scott Duvall

Central Mountain rep wants to see brush and weeds clean up along escarpment

News Jun 24, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

There are some amazing viewpoints from the Mountain brow.

However, many of them are obscured by overgrown brush and weeds, says central Mountain councillor Scott Duvall.

“It bothers me that we’re letting it go like this,” he said during a recent walk along Mountain Park Avenue.

“Why can’t we have a beautiful view for tourists and everyone else?”

If we start clearcutting, that accelerates the erosion process. We’re trying to find that happy balance.

Tennessee Propedo, the city’s parks manager, said some sections along Mountain Park have been cleaned up in the past year to allow better views.

But there are concerns — both worker safety and from an erosion standpoint — with working on the edge of the escarpment.

He said extensive removal of vegetation that was done in the past is not a good practice today.

“If we start clearcutting, that accelerates the erosion process,” said Propedo. “We’re trying to find that happy balance.”

Cutting a tree down but leaving the stump and roots works for a short period, he said, but Mother Nature makes sure the remains are returned to the earth, so it doesn’t stop erosion from occurring.

Propedo said in recent years some fences along the escarpment have had to be moved back because the escarpment continues to recede each year. Regular rock slides along the length of the Mountain attest to that.

“We’ve had to pull (the fence) in a foot and a half, two feet, because it’s eroded that much,” he said.

Duvall said he understands the safety and erosion concerns, but believes more can be done to preserve the “million-dollar views.”

Weeds that protrude a foot or more through the decorative fences onto the sidewalk should be cut, he said, and some flat areas currently ignored could easily be kept in check.

Propedo said he is meeting with staff this week to see what else can be done.

Let's clean up 'million-dollar views' says Coun. Scott Duvall

Central Mountain rep wants to see brush and weeds clean up along escarpment

News Jun 24, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

There are some amazing viewpoints from the Mountain brow.

However, many of them are obscured by overgrown brush and weeds, says central Mountain councillor Scott Duvall.

“It bothers me that we’re letting it go like this,” he said during a recent walk along Mountain Park Avenue.

“Why can’t we have a beautiful view for tourists and everyone else?”

If we start clearcutting, that accelerates the erosion process. We’re trying to find that happy balance.

Tennessee Propedo, the city’s parks manager, said some sections along Mountain Park have been cleaned up in the past year to allow better views.

But there are concerns — both worker safety and from an erosion standpoint — with working on the edge of the escarpment.

He said extensive removal of vegetation that was done in the past is not a good practice today.

“If we start clearcutting, that accelerates the erosion process,” said Propedo. “We’re trying to find that happy balance.”

Cutting a tree down but leaving the stump and roots works for a short period, he said, but Mother Nature makes sure the remains are returned to the earth, so it doesn’t stop erosion from occurring.

Propedo said in recent years some fences along the escarpment have had to be moved back because the escarpment continues to recede each year. Regular rock slides along the length of the Mountain attest to that.

“We’ve had to pull (the fence) in a foot and a half, two feet, because it’s eroded that much,” he said.

Duvall said he understands the safety and erosion concerns, but believes more can be done to preserve the “million-dollar views.”

Weeds that protrude a foot or more through the decorative fences onto the sidewalk should be cut, he said, and some flat areas currently ignored could easily be kept in check.

Propedo said he is meeting with staff this week to see what else can be done.