Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thank You to Village

I wanted to take a moment to thank the Mayor, the BOT and the village administration for everything they have done to date in regards of the Con Ed line clearing program.

Jon Siegel has been actively involved in discussions with Con Ed since this issue first "broke" into awareness last week. He attended the Monday meeting on S. Broadway concerning the Sycamores and is a strong supporter of preserving our village tree heritage. He continues to work with Con Ed on resolving homeowner issues such as providing advance notification (we now are being told ahead of time the schedule of target street segments each day) and finding some way to limit extreme pruning (including reasonable choice by homeowner to have such trees removed outright.) Jon has also established better communication and escalation paths between the village and Con Ed management.

Greg Nilsson at DPW (Public Works) has also been there every step of the way, ensuring that whatever can be done to better protect our village street trees is done without delay. He has brought on board a consulting arborist under contract to ensure that professional eyes can be brought to bear on day-to-day decisions regarding street tree pruning by the line clearing crews.

The members of the Board of Trustees have all been supportive, concerned and active. In particular, Walter Montgomery continues to reach out to senior Con Ed management with the goal of finding common ground for a solution, attempting to help avoid the extreme results some of our residents now have to face post-clearing. Connie Kehoe, who along with Jon and John Malone attended the Monday Sycamore meeting on S. Broadway, is also interfacing with residents concerned about the impacts of the pruning and removals.

Finally, Larry Schopfer has been picking up the various pieces and helping to glue it all together through the Village website and listserv notifications.

Thanks! Keep it up! The process continues...

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