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Something downtown Manson business owners have been wishing many years for has finally happened: the trees are gone. Last Tuesday morning, BCD Tree Service cut the trees down. Manson Chamber of Commerce President Kim Ustanik says businesses have been frustrated with the trees for decades:

Pleas to the county from the business community had been either ignored or rebuffed. But Ustanik said this year, that changed:

Chamber Executive Director Tom Tochterman sent out a request for proposals, received three, and selected BCD Tree Service to do the work, which happened early Tuesday morning. It came as a surprise to the business owners when they showed up that morning, but Ustanik says aside from some businesses saying they wished they had been notified of the work, all is good:

Not having the trees obviously changes the look of the area, Ustanik says the comments she's heard have been positive:

No decisions on that will be made immediately, Ustanik says a forum with business owners will be held when Executive Director Tochterman returns from a visit to Africa.

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