For the past seven months, a 16-member panel has been examining the tree trimming policies of KUB and a final report has been issued. One of the impetuses of the process was a public protest by former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe, who objected to plans to trim trees in his yard. Ashe started asking questions about citizen input, clear policies and transparency. Another impetus was a City Council resolution by former Councilman Rob Frost at his final meeting calling on KUB to create an appeals board for citizens to mediate disputes with KUB about tree cutting.
During the seven-month process, plans to cut Ashe’s trees somehow slipped to the bottom of the list as KUB responded to Frost’s resolution with the citizen panel study instead of an appeals process.