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Q: We live in Strawberry and we are appalled at all the old growth ponderosas, some over 24 inches in diameter, that are marked to be cut for the widening of Fossil Creek Road. Since we are losing our forest at such a devastating rate, why cut these trees down?

A: It’s what happens when you widen a road.

“Not only have they marked the trees on Fossil Creek that are going to be cut for the road improvement project, but some others in the right-of-way have been marked because they are diseased and there is concern about them falling,” said Steve Stratton, deputy director of public works for Gila County.

Moving the healthy trees standing in the way of progress is not a viable option because of a low survival rate and great expense.

Q: Is it true that state personnel are looking into how the town changed the school zone speed limit without consulting ADOT? The 25 mph speed limit no longer concurs with the state drivers license test booklet because the state defines a school zone as 15 mph.

A: True, but a state statute also gives municipalities the authorization to change it, according to Bertha Escobido, customer service representative for the Payson MVD office.

“I looked it up, and Arizona does give the municipality or county the authority to set their own school zone speed limit,” she said.

Call 474-5251, ext. 147, to reach Roundup’s What’s Up? line. Leave your question on the answering machine and we’ll try to find the answer.

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