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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church tree to be removed

A storm-damaged willow oak will be removed this week outside St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on West Council Street.

The tree was damaged during Hurricane Matthew. An arborist determined it should be removed, since it could fall and injure someone or damage property.

The tree removal is expected to result in the closure of West Council street during daytime hours this week. A contractor anticipates the closure may be needed through Friday, a news release said.

The arborist also found fungus and weak limbs, which would make preservation impossible.

The tree removal was approved by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission in December.

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