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We Nail Road Signs to Trees.

- AG - Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 : goo

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Welcome to Kingston, we like to nail our road signs to trees.

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steelisreal: 21st Nov 2007 - 03:59 GMT

this is horrible. God help your little town if greenpeace sees this post. you are going to have green terrorists attacking out of nowhere.

joey: there ought to be a law

Michelle: nasty old k-town.

Peter: 21st Nov 2007 - 04:47 GMT

call the city of and complain... (613) 546-0000


steelisreal: 21st Nov 2007 - 08:21 GMT

Peter, I sent our friends in kingston a message to let them know how shocked I was to see this. We will see if they have the guts to respond.

CartLegger: Free the Trees from Municipal Oppression!

jack: 21st Nov 2007 - 22:48 GMT

native americans believe that trees are special, there is a spirit for all life on our planet, God made trees and we kill them, let us forgive the people that did this and pray that they find a way to place signs without nailing to the tree, the easy way out is usually the most costly.

colavitos ghost: 22nd Nov 2007 - 12:17 GMT

i love trees as much (or more than) the next guy, but are you all serious?!?! these trees are fine... chillax, everybody.

jeeff: it's the arboreal equivalent of body piercing.

steelisreal: 24th Nov 2007 - 02:05 GMT

so far this is the only answer i have received from the city of kingston.

Good Morning,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback with your concerns for
civic signs attached to trees in Kingston. By copy of this email your
information has been sent to the Traffic Supervisor for the City of
Kingston to review.


Anne Hulton on behalf of Contactus
Customer Service Group
City of Kingston

a: 24th Nov 2007 - 02:21 GMT

RE: [Civic Sign Inquiry]
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 10:31:21 -0500
From: "Sleeth, Chris"
CC: "Contactus"

Hi A,

Can you please let me know where this new installation took place? We have been removing signs from many of the trees in the downtown Kingston area for a while. And yes there are still many more to remove. The difficult decision is what is the most damaging to the tree: the sign on the tree or when we have to dig into the roots of the tree to install a
post for the sign?

We can move the sign away from the tree but in some locations it is very difficult to find a location with driveways, underground utilities and the signs have to a certain distance apart to be enforceable etc...

Please give me a call and we can discuss.



Chris Sleeth C.E.T
Traffic Supervisor
City of Kingston
Transportation Department
613-546-4291- ext. 3149

-----Original Message-----
From: Contactus
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2007 10:08 AM
To: Sleeth, Chris
Subject: FW: [Civic Sign Inquiry]

Good Morning Chris,

This email has been sent on behalf of Contactus for you to review and respond directly back to A. In your response would you kindly blind copy so that we may properly close and file this request.

Thank you,

Anne Hulton on behalf of Contactus
Customer Service Group
City of Kingston

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 11:49 PM
To: Contactus
Subject: [Civic Sign Inquiry]


Date & Time: Tuesday, November 20 (11:48 PM)

Reply Needed?: YES


why do you affix civic signage to living trees?! whats the need for
this? please reply!



Make of it what you will, but you have the addresses, email them and pass this urgent request on!

a: 24th Nov 2007 - 02:22 GMT

Also- if anyone knows the exact locations of any of these, you should email them, per my last comment, to


steelisreal: 24th Nov 2007 - 03:04 GMT

Well it seems like they are already working on the problem. Maybe having this exposed on a site such as citynoise will make them move a little faster.

Brian Jacobs: 9th Sep 2008 - 22:24 GMT

Well, perhaps a compromise would be to attach signs to trees using an expanding metal collar with a rubber inner sleeve to protect the tree and allow the tree to grow without the collar restricting tree girth growth.....

trewken: 14th Oct 2008 - 15:53 GMT

they shouldnt do that. it will kill the tree eventually

oly: 31st May 2009 - 15:13 GMT

so what is the difference between nailing signs into a tree and nailing ID tags?? This can hurt the tree anymore than drilling for ring counts??

t: do the signs grow up the tree over time

Blah: 16th Jun 2009 - 03:47 GMT

No t, the signs don't grow up the tree through time. Tree trunks only expand after they are formed. New growth grows up from the tip of a tree branch, and then the twig that forms thickens slowly kind of like the trunk.

Slushymushpuppy: 6th Nov 2010 - 15:11 GMT

Really? Really?!?!? So what we should do instead of attaching signs to trees is to cut the trees down and put up a metal pole like every other city in the country. You people are ridiculous. I for one commend the city for it's flexibility and preservation of trees that are in inconvenient places. Thank you Kingston. We should all take a lesson from you.

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