A decision by Burbank City Council members last year to not remove a row of trees despite concerns the foliage would damage a new multi-million stadium at Burroughs High School has caught up with them.
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Mere weeks before the $12-million Memorial Field remodel is set to open, it has become clear to stakeholders — including some on the City Council — that debris and berries from the Camphor trees is marring the site, even as construction on the track remains ongoing.
Debris from the nearby trees could even threaten a warranty negotiated between Burbank Unified and its contractor for the new track, district officials say.
The news has fueled a spat between school and city officials over whether the trees should be removed. In July, the City Council voted 3-2 to keep them despite concerns that roots and droppings could mar the athletic facility.