Another letter to City Hall

November 8, 2005 - 2:07 pm 7 Comments

EDIT: There is an update to this issue here.

Are you looking for tree service? Considering using Good Mourning Tree Company at 512-420-0733, run by Sid Mourning at 512-657-4349? Are you a glutton for punishment who relishes verbal abuse and inviting cons onto your property? Why then, I’d say you have made the right choice.

Good Mourning Tree Company keeps leaving crap on my front door. This is illegal in the city of Westlake Hills (we’re on the no-solicit list kept by the city). Sid Mourning does not care about legality. He does not care about my requests for him to quit doing it. In fact, he launched into a tirade about my personal life when I told him to stop putting his spam on my door. The best part is that the man is a felon and apparently an addict. That’s just the kind of person I want working around my kids, by golly.

Letters to City Hall:


I have repeatedly tried to get the city to do something about Good Mourning Tree Company leaving advertising on my door to no avail. There was another flyer on my door this morning. Action needs to be taken ASAP. The company shows a complete disregard for city ordinances. Why on earth does he still have a permit? Please get this felon off my property!


(originally sent September 22, 2005)
Hi there –

I originally sent you the below email on March 1, 2005. Today I noticed yet another flyer from Good Morning Tree Company on my front door. Can you please contact me to let me know what I need to do to keep this man off my property?



(Originally sent March 1, 2005)
This company has left flyers on our doors several times over the past few years, and each time I have left them a message asking them not to do it anymore. Today I was lucky enough to speak with Sid Mourning at 512-657-4349. On the phone he was rude and unconcerned with my requests. He told me I must be very bored to worry about something like this. Last year while we were on vacation, we came home to find their flyers on our front door and on the garage, announcing to anyone who came by that we were out of town. I told him this, and he said, “Nobody is going to rob your house”. I thanked him for his reassurance and hung up, but I’m a little confused as to how he knows this.

We are listed on the No Soliciting list for the city.

I’m concerned about this man coming onto my property. He’s gotten multiple criminal convictions over the years, and is a felon.

Feb 11 2002 – Driving While License Suspended Enh — 6687b-(34)(a) VCS – CONVICTED – 2 days in jail
May 29 1986 – Cocaine-Possess — NA – CONVICTED – 12 months probation
Sep 28 1977 – Driving Under Influence Liquor  – CONVICTED – 1 year probation
Feb 20 1983 – Driving Under Influence Liquor – CONVICTED – 2 years probation
Oct 18 1973 – Marijuana – CONVICTED – 1 year probation
Mar 28 2003 – Poss Cs Pg 1 >=1g<4g — 481.115(c) HSC (Opioids, felony) – CONVICTED – 6 years probation

As you’re probably aware from speaking with him on the phone, he doesn’t appear to be the most stable person in the world. I would be quite relieved if the City of Westlake Hills rescinds his solicitation permit and refuses him again in the future.


7 Responses to “Another letter to City Hall”

  1. Judy Kemp Says:

    I’m not sure about all the “convict” information (personally it seems a bit mean-spirited to post that kind of stuff). We’ve used Good Morning Tree Company off and on for the last 7 years and they ALWAYS do an extraordinary job. They’ve even come same day, when we had a tree down on our house after a storm. I’ve never had any contact with anyone who seemed unsavory.

    I will say this though, I don’t like all the flyers.

  2. Jim Says:

    This is a shill post, from the same person who posted the other lovely comments about GMTC. Nice to see how low the company will stoop.

    I have used good mourning tree company twice. I have to disagree with the comments on this website. They did a great job. Sidney Mourning gave me a very reasonable price and it was done on time. The workers were very professional and did exactly what they were told to do. I will continue to use Good Mourning Tree Company. They are by far best in austin.

  3. Donna Says:

    This is a shill post, from the same person who posted the other lovely comments about GMTC. Nice to see how low the company will stoop.

    I have read all of the posting on Good Mourning Tree Company and I must say, I do not agree. I used the company about a month ago and I could not be happier. They treated my oak wilt just like they say, the workers were on time and always cleaned up after themselves. Sidney Mourning was bery nice and professional. I have not one bad thing to say about Good Mourning Tree Co. I am very pleased with the job.

  4. Carol Says:

    This is a shill post, from the same person who posted the other lovely comments about GMTC. Nice to see how low the company will stoop.

    Good Mourning Tree Company did an amazing job for me. I would not have known about this great company without the flyer on my door. It seemed like as soon as i called and set up a time to get a bid, Sidney Mourning was at my door. They were very reliable and great at what they do. Everything was finished on time and done perfectly. I could not have asked for a better company to do this for me. The price was very reasonable and the product was worth every cent. I will continue to use them.

  5. addlepated Says:

    Honestly, folks. If you’re going to shill, at least show some creativity. Use another email address or something. Sheesh.

  6. Heather Says:

    Maybe they’re all cylons…the old toaster kind.

  7. Keith Brown Says:

    Your blog is beautiful! I ran into this checking up on my competition. GMTS is one of the few tree services in town known to do bad work with a consensus from other (ISA Certified) arborists. Their prices are right in line with other professional companies. So, basically you would be paying the same money to get crap service by hiring these guys. Per capita, Austin has more good arborist than any other city in Texas. There are plenty of good tree guys out there. If you don’t know who to hire start here: