Ask Joe: Post Office Won't Disclose Cost of Dead Trees

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/10/2013 6:52 pm
From the Ask Joe File one of our viewers has a question about what is becoming an eyesore in Sparks.
Charlene Bybee wrote in asking who is in charge of the landscaping in front of the Sparks Post Office on Vista Boulevard ?   Besides being an eyesore, she says it seems like a fire hazard in our hot weather.

We went out and got a look a look at the situation today.
I spoke with Sparks Postmaster Gary Fradd and public information officer David Ruppert.  They say they are aware of the problem and they agree the landscaping has become unsightly.
  Several trees apparently died from lack of water.  However the postal service would not say whose job it was to make sure they were getting water.
  Now, after getting a number of complaints the post office is going to have the dead trees and shrubs dug up and they are going to replace them with xeriscape, or desert landscaping.
  How much will it cost ?  Neither Fradd nor Ruppert would say.  Fradd says that information is "confidential."
   I'm not sure what is so secret about a landscaping project but he was not interested in disclosing that information.
  So we'll have to take his word on it. It has become a bit of an eyesore but hopefully the situation will be addressed soon and the scenery outside the post office will be looking better as well.  

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Kramer - 7/11/2013 1:22 PM
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The idea is that the P.O. (capital letters, joe!) lets a contract. The P.O. isn't "the government", and after all they don't want to get a bunch of money-grubbing outfits going after their limited budget. There is supposed to be an oversight system for all this, U know. as for the city, they paid a guy to mow Van Meter park on the 4th of July. Y? &, it is silly to suggest the fire dept. be responsible for "saving" trees. Locally, there is a lot of ignorance and indifference on sensible landscaping and water use; proof is in the puddling. Try using some of the water wasted on silly little grass strips along Vista Blvd, Prater, U name it..

Winner88 - 7/11/2013 12:38 AM
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Would it be to much to ask why the city couldn't authorize the fire depart- ment to hook up a hose to a fire hydrant and water the trees from time before the trees died?

myeke - 7/10/2013 10:10 PM
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Freedom Of Information Act

DAVID - 7/10/2013 8:32 PM
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