Donnie McClain, with McClain’s Tree Service, said it was a shame it had to go.
He was leaving Lover’s Lane just before noon on Tuesday with the stump grinder. Workers were sweeping up the shavings from the street.
The city called him and his company to do it, cut the leaning tree on Lover’s Lane.
City leaders voted last week to have it cut.
It’s time, city Building Official Hilliard Fountain said. “It has become a bottleneck to traffic.”
City Alderman Mike Impey fielded questions about the decision on Facebook last week.
He said the last straw was an incident in which a truck hit the tree and spilled diesel all the way to the Indian Head on U.S. 90.
What stood there on Tuesday was a mound of shavings and a city Public Works Department barricade.
A neighbor walking her dog by the spot on Tuesday said it truly was sad to have another tree cut on the winding road. People who live on Lover’s Lane and the nearby area fought last year to keep the tree, saying it and others added to the ambiance and thus the property values on the street.
Even residents who have had difficulty getting furniture or other items delivered found ways around it to save the trees.