Hannibal Parks Department personnel were removing dead or dying trees from Riverview Park on Wednesday morning.

Because not all of Riverview Park’s numerous trees are in tip-top shape the Hannibal Parks Department periodically conducts an inventory of the park’s trees to determine those that are dead or dying and need to be removed. The last survey identified approximately 30 hazardous trees.

While during the January Park Board meeting Andy Dorian, Parks Department director, indicated a private contractor would likely be hired to perform the tree removal, on Wednesday it was Parks Department personnel who were busy cutting down trees marked with an “X” near the park’s first river overlook.

Their progress was halted, however, when the backhoe that was being used to lift the fallen trees into a truck bed developed a leak in its radiator.

 

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com .