Concern growing over dead tree at Henrico baseball field

Posted at 11:23 PM, May 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-24 23:23:54-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A viewer recently contacted CBS 6 regarding a dead tree at the Lakeside Youth Baseball Field in Henrico County.

They said they reported it to Henrico County last year because they had concerns of it falling on the bleachers or around the area and injuring someone at the field.

"It ought to come down," said Joe Mollicone, who lives near the baseball field.

CBS 6 contacted an area arborist to check on the conditions of the dead tree.

"This would worry me if I was on a home owner's property," arborist Patrick Goff said.

Goff said the tree is visibly dead and poses a risk to people sitting around in the area.

"The tree is in full decline and needs to be removed in a professional opinion of mine," said Goff.

We also contacted Henrico County. A spokesman said the tree had been slated for removal but because of it's size the county has to hire a contractor.

The county said someone did meet with staff at the Lakeside Youth Baseball Association this past winter because of concern with several trees.

We're told one was removed and the one we were contacted about had been marked for observation.

A spokesman said it should be gone within the next week or two.