Powell is continuing removal of ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer, a project begun last summer and continuing this year.

Powell is continuing removal of ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer, a project begun last summer and continuing this year.

"We began removing dead, dying, hazardous ash trees as a result of emerald ash borer infestations," said Jeff Robinson, city spokesperson. "We currently are not removing those ash trees that appear healthy; however, even these will most certainly fail and need to be removed."

The focus of the removal is on city trees in the public right of way and on public ground, such as parks, Robinson said.

"Some notable locations are downtown along Zion Drive, Shalebrook Drive and Aspen Knoll," he said, noting that about 100 trees have been removed.

Because of lack of funding, the city does not have a plan to replant trees, nor an estimate of the cost to do so. Last year, the city applied for but did not receive state funds to help with the project.

City workers and contractors are removing the trees, Robinson said.

"The size of the tree, its location and the surrounding hazards determine if we remove the trees in-house or contract the work out," he said. "In 2011, approximately $23,000 was spent on tree removal (and) maintenance. A majority of these funds were allocated to ash tree removal, but not all. Other non-ash trees were serviced or removed with these funds as well."