We contacted the county today and asked if they would consider grinding the stumps from the three (3) Bradford Pear trees the county removed in October. As my wife was listening in to my phone conversation with the county she exclaimed after the call "you're a terrible negotiator". I realized she was right because since I expected them to say No even before I made the call I basically told them we were doing it unless they would.
The county's crews were already out for the days so they said they would have to get back to us. Again, expecting a negative response from the county we started getting estimates from the removal. It's only three stumps, how much could it cost? So far we've gotten one verbal estimate for about $100. I might have underestimated the size of the stumps in my call though so, we'll see.
As is required, we requested a Call Before You Dig appointment and painted big white Xs on the stumps so the locator guy won't miss them when he comes out to mark for the utility lines.