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November 15, 2014
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Michelle Boyle

Con Edison's tree cutting program

Should hardening our power lines and cutting back or cutting down trees be undertaken without public input, due consideration and adherence to our Town Code?

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1. In the Know | October 02, 2013 at 08:50 AM EDT

The money for this project came from Con Ed and was budgeted for a year ago. It's cheaper for them to trim the trees then to bring in crews to clean up after a storm.

An arborist identified the trees to be removed from 684 to School St. The many White Pine trees that are tagged to be removed have shallow roots, and if they are not removed during storms they may continue to come down and take out power lines.

Trees that are on private property are not being removed without a signed release from the property owner. Trees cut down from the town's right away do not need permission from the homeowners.

2. JG | October 02, 2013 at 09:39 AM EDT

In The Know, that's interesting information. What a shame it wasn't shared with the town. None of us civilians are in the know because our current town government is secretive and sneaky.

Mr. Baumann raises excellent questions about the process, and why town committees that should have been part of the decision making were cut out of the loop. There are many more questions to be answered, by someone with an actual name and position. Let's watch how long it takes.

3. Gerry Sullivan | October 08, 2013 at 09:41 AM EDT

Con Ed has the rights to cut trees and branches on their easement. The Town of NC has the right to cut trees and branches on town property. This is for the good of all of the residents of Armonk who have experienced way too many power outages.

Armonk is a dead end for Con Ed. I live on Creemer Rd and at the bottom of the hill is Greenwich CT and a different power company which does not interconnect. Up NY 22 is Bedford and a different power company, NYSEG.

I lived in Texas for 6 years and the power never even blinked. The trees are the culprits and I would rather see a few trees cut than sit in the dark for 5 days which has happened at least 5 times in the last 4 years.

4. MCR | October 09, 2013 at 12:54 PM EDT

Homeowners also have an obligation to maintain trees on their property. Regular pruning and trimming will keep the trees from becoming too top-heavy and prone to falling. Dead and dying trees need to be removed. How would you like to be \\\that guy\\\ who was too cheap or lazy to take care of his trees and was responsible for knocking out power to your neighbors for an extended period of time or causing property damage or injury?

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