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Save your cutting for the budget

Fort Wayne City Council President Tom Didier, R-3rd, has a new perspective on the pestilence decimating the region’s ash trees: Tuesday, he appeared at the City Council meeting with his hand bandaged.

“It was a chainsaw accident,” Didier explained, holding up the gauze-wrapped hand. “Fifteen stitches later and I’m all fixed up.”

Tom Smith, R-1st, asked if it was an ash tree Didier was cutting – Smith has argued forcefully for more funding to take down the thousands of dead and dying ash trees across the city.

“Yes, it was an ash tree,” Didier replied, then laughed: “So hire a professional.”

Didier has always been a good sport and one of the first to laugh at his own expense. But the real humor came later in the meeting, when Didier tried to move things along by reminding speakers of the warm temperatures and gorgeous weather outside, which prompted someone in the audience to ask loudly, “You got another tree to cut down?”

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