Mark Snyder with Eugene Parks and Open Space said they don't force homeowners to accept their free trees. Snyder confirmed that city code states homeowners are responsible for the sidewalks adjacent to their property - even if it was the city's tree that cased the damage.
"Tree root sidewalk conflicts are the bane of my professional existence and it is always going to be that way, especially out here on clay soil," Snyder said.
Snyder said the soil causes the roots to grow shallow instead of deap. Over time they can push open sidewalks and curbs, but they try to work with homeowners to make the repairs easy.