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The Ellis County Press
RED OAK - In another recent case, John Siegnaido, the area supervisor for McDonald's, located at Ovilla Road and Harris Avenue, off of I-35, was issued a summons stating he was in violation of the city's landscaping ordinance.

According to Siegnaido, five-foot trees were planted on the grassy 'islands' separating the parking lot from the roads the restaurant borders.

After a time period of growth, the trees died.

When the trees were cut down, the restaurant was told it was in violation of the city code.

The ordinance, which was amended in 1996, states, '…15 percent (15%) of the total land area must be landscaped with trees, shrubs and ground vegetation including grasses. Fifty percent of this landscaping must be located in the street frontage area between the front property or street line and the building line.'

McDonald's then planted new five-foot trees, according to Siegnaido.

The day after the city issued a citation, citing a failure to comply with the landscaping ordinance, because the 'trees were too short.'

Siegnaido complained to Red Oak City Manager Ken Pfeifer, only to have the case dismissed.

'I went in front of the city manager, and he said ‘forget about it,'' Siegnaido said. 'He dismissed it, didn't give a reason for it. End of story.'

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