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Resident seeks property owner responsible for leaning tree

The tree may look fine, but parts of the tree have already fallen – breaking onto the sidewalk and leaving behind a big mess. The tree may look fine, but parts of the tree have already fallen – breaking onto the sidewalk and leaving behind a big mess.
Richard Leach likes to spend time on his front porch in the 800 block of Willett Street. But for the last 10 years, he has looked at one tree – watching it slowly begin to lean. Richard Leach likes to spend time on his front porch in the 800 block of Willett Street. But for the last 10 years, he has looked at one tree – watching it slowly begin to lean.

(WMC-TV) - Plenty of large and beautiful trees fill the Mid-South, but for one man a leaning tree in his neighborhood is causing him much concern.

Richard Leach likes to spend time on his front porch in the 800 block of Willett Street. But for the last 10 years, he has looked at one tree – watching it slowly begin to lean.

"I don't want nobody to get hurt," said Leach.

He says no one lives in the house, and that no one has watched the leaning tree as closely as him.

He says the tree may look fine, but parts of the tree have already fallen – breaking onto the sidewalk and leaving behind a big mess.

"It was terrible. Thank God there weren't no cars out here that nobody was in," he said.

Leach has called the city numerous times. During the most recent call, he was told a city inspector will be out in 7 to 14 working days.

But the Action News 5 Investigators did a little digging and found that Roosevelt and Rebecca Green. Roosevelt and Rebecca Green own the property at 894 North Willett.

The County Assessors office confirms the Green family owned the property for decades, but tax records show more than $6,000 in unpaid property taxes remain – dating back to 2009.

The Shelby County Trustee's website shows that the property has been scheduled to be sold in a tax sale.

All this is making it complicated to determine who is responsible for the leaning problem.

"They can put a lean on it, and cut it down," said Leach.

The city will be sending an inspector out the property to take a look at the leaning tree.

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