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OS board of aldermen to revisit Lovers Lane tree decision

Residents have hung signs of support on the tree. (Image Source: WLOX News) Residents have hung signs of support on the tree. (Image Source: WLOX News)
This is the tree in question referred to as the "leaning tree". (Image Source: WLOX News) This is the tree in question referred to as the "leaning tree". (Image Source: WLOX News)
Residents have hung ribbons and signs to show their support of keeping the tree. (Image Source: WLOX News) Residents have hung ribbons and signs to show their support of keeping the tree. (Image Source: WLOX News)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran has vetoed a decision made by the board of aldermen to cut down a historic majestic Oak tree on Lovers Lane.

The decision came after a bill of exceptions was filed by a resident. Now, new video footage may actually keep that tree from coming down for good.

The video, recently shot by Mayor Moran, shows an Ocean Springs Fire Department ladder truck going underneath the tree in question without having to stop.

That's why attorney and Lovers Lane resident Ken Altman filed a bill of exception.

"Essentially, what it is is an appeal of the Ocean Springs board of aldermen to cut down the Lovers Lane leaning Oak," said Altman.

Altman, along with other residents, say the board of aldermen was never given efficient evidence that proves the fire department's ladder truck had trouble getting down the lane. That's why they say they're happy to hear the mayor has vetoed that vote.

"I'm very pleased with that decision, and I think there's some further information that will show the tree is really not a serious safety issue," said resident Joanne Calhoun.

The issue is slated to be revisited at the next board of aldermen meeting with the new video as evidence for the board members to consider.

"I think it'll give the board of alderman the opportunity to review information they didn't already have at the time they made the decision that they made," said Altman.

Over the past few days, neighbors have shown their support for keeping the tree by decorating it with ribbons and displaying signs.

"For all of us, it would be so much better if they would just vote to leave the tree in place," said Calhoun.

They say it's part of what makes the lane a coveted place to live, and they will fight to keep it. 

"If Ocean Springs is clearly tree city USA as Mayor Moran has said, then we have to show that through our actions," said Altman.

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