NEWBERG'S WHITE OAKS ARE COMING DOWN
It came down to a question between people and the grand historic oaks......and the people won. The Newberg city council voted last night (monday) night four to two to cut down two historic Oregon White Oaks to make room for the widening and straightening of Villa Road. Councilor Patrick Johnson said he purposedly traveled that road to experience some of the concerns about poor site distance....and he almost hit a family of bicyclist and pedestrians. He said he couldn't live with himself if he didn't act in the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Likewide, councilor Patrick McKinney apologized for voting to cut down the mammoth two hundred year old trees, but said the future and the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists won him over.
the dissenters were councilors Bacon and Essin. Essin saying the historic nature of what the council decided may not sink in for a while, but the historic oaks are not replaceable. Councilor Bacon saying the council may regret their action if the expected traffic increases on Villa Road don't materialize. We don't know the exact date those mighty trees will come down, but with last (monday) night's four to two vote.......they WILL come down.