Tree damage costs Cleveland homeowner thousands, despite removal request

Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 23:06:38-05

Falling on his home, now falling on deaf ears, one Cleveland homeowner is sick of damage from tree limbs every time the wind picks up. The tree is not on his property, but it's on the city of Cleveland's. 

After Tuesday night's high winds, Ron Steiner has no power and thousands of dollars in damage. 

He said he has tried getting the city to remove the tree for two years because he was worried it would fall on his home and damage his property.

“I’ve known for a year, or two years that this tree was going to fall down, but nobody wants to listen to me," Steiner said. "Limbs on that tree have been falling off. Falling off in my yard. Falling off on this fence.” 

Steiner said he’s called the city dozens of times. 

Damage from Tuesday night includes fence damage and a meter replacement, which he said could cost him up to $6,000 in repairs. 

Steiner already replaced the fence once this year from tree limb damage. 

The city cleaned up the fallen limb on Wednesday afternoon, but as for the tree itself -- it is still standing, despite Steiner's multiple requests to remove it.

News 5 asked the city how many trees are in need of being chopped down, and why they haven’t cut Steiner's down. They have not answered those questions.

“For me to request something that’s falling on deaf ears just pisses me off," he said. “I’m worried about the tree falling on my house.”