CON ED CLEAR CUTTING TREES IN GREENBURGH…NO INTENTION TO REPLANT TREES
MORE TREE CUTTING EXPECTED IN 2007 TO PREVENT POWER OUTAGES
TREES THAT COME DOWN SHOULD BE REPLACED WITH SMALLER TREES, PLANTINGS
POSSIBLE SAFETY ISSUES- LACK OF BARRIER IN SOME LOCATIONS
Con Ed has begun to clear many trees throughout the area –a follow up to the power outages that took place last year. The tree cutting may be a necessary action to help reduce the possibility of future massive power outages.
The clear cutting of trees at different locations throughout the town and region is creating an eyesore and possible safety concerns. For example, on Ridge Road– north of Heatherdell – virtually all of the trees have been cut down along the Sprain. The lack of trees at this location is changing the character of the community –making a part of Greenburgh much less green. I was driving on the Bronx River Parkway– north of the CountyCentertoday. A section of the park is also much more visible because of the recent clear cutting of many trees. Con Ed advised residents who attended a meeting in Edgemont a few weeks ago that the serious tree cutting effort will begin in Greenburgh during the 2nd half of this year ---so we are just starting to learn what to expect.
In addition, there are safety issues. On Ridge Roadthe trees provided a little protection for cars in the unfortunate event that they skidded off the road so they would not fall several stories onto the Sprain. I suggest that smaller trees/bushes be planted at this location and have been asked by constituents to look into the possibility of placing a guard rail or fence behind it so drivers and passengers won’t fall off the edge onto the Sprain.
I feel strongly that Con Ed should appropriate funds for tree replanting programs. Last Friday I received an e mail from Con Ed advising me that Con Ed does not expect to replant the trees that are being cut. I also believe that if the town,Verizon remove trees – that funds should be appropriated for smaller tree replantings. The cost should be assumed by the entity that removes the trees.
Greenburgh needs to keep the green in our name.
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