RIDGELY — The town of Ridgely cut down five oak trees on Maryland Avenue, which officials said were rotting and damaging property.

Ridgely authorized the trees to be cut in early September after three property owners complained about falling limbs, according to the town, including one instance of severe damage to a vehicle.

The trees were on public ground owned by Ridgely, but the long limbs from the towering oaks hung over homes, which property owners cited as a concern for future damages. The town also said the trees were old and rotting at the base.

Ridgely contracted the work out and spent about $33,000 on the project.

The town emphasized that for every tree that is cut down, it plants another sapling.

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