100-year-old oak tree move, relocation delayed

Bigger equipment need to move 400-ton tree

Published On: Jun 06 2012 06:09:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 06 2012 06:36:21 PM CDT

A massive oak tree that was scheduled to be moved to a new location to make room for a street expansion project in League City will stay in its current home awhile longer.

According to the city, the move had to be delayed from Wednesday after the contractor determined stronger equipment would be needed to move the 400-ton tree.

"You know, we have an oak tree in our logo, so it's appropriate, we do what we can to save it," said League City Mayor Tim Paulissen.

The 100-year old tree was going to be cut down to make room for improvements to Louisiana Avenue. However, the city council voted to have the tree relocated to parkland that is being developed into the WaterSmart Park.

According to the mayor, the majority of the money to pay for the project is coming from the city's park fund.

The mayor has been told the old oak tree has a great chance of surviving the move, once the proper equipment is brought in.

"There's a 90 to 95 percent chance. They've given us a lot of assurances," said Paulissen.