Tuesday, March 20, 2007

TREE PLANTING PROGRAM DESIRED..

Every day, when I go to work, I pass tree cutters - cutting down trees along roads. Lots of trees all over Greenburgh are coming down.
I'm asking our parks dept and CAC board to help develop a tree replanting program so we can keep the green in Greenburgh. Some of the trees that are planted should be smaller -- so they won't grow to impact Con Ed wires. Your suggestions as to the kinds of trees we should plant would be appreciated.

12 comments:

Jim Lasser said...

Keeping Greenburgh green by planting new trees in place of the old is a good start. Please stop and think it through before going any further. Trees grow. Healthy trees last a long time. To provide the visual screening to hide the power lines the trees will need to grow tall. Planting trees that will not grow tall does not seem to be responsive to people's needs. If we have trees tall enough to be visual barriers, there is the possibility they will grow tall enough to interfere with the wires. Interference with wires can be prevented by regular trimming and maintenance. Please start the replanting only once you have created a plan for perpetual care and funded it. Failure to do so means the problem will recur. Keeping Greenburgh green will cost money forever. Please be aware of the ongoing care costs associated with any improvement project and budget adequately for them instead of ignoring or underfunding them.

Anonymous said...

the ongoing care costs ...

Planning ahead in such a manner would be wise, though it's unlikely to occur in reactionary Greenburgh.

Anonymous said...

Someone with positive PR skills needs to meet with ConEd to discuss this. ConEd can and will blatantly ignore Mr. Feiner (understandably so).

Anonymous said...

The supervisor is right on target demanding a tree planting program.

Anonymous said...

I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO KEEP GREENBURGH GREEN. ALSO IT
CERTAINLY IS NECESSARY TO KEEP ALL OUR ROADS SAFE. I CAN UNDERSTAND
CUTTING DOWN TREES THAT ARE NOT DEEMED SAFE TO STAND BUT REPLACE THEM. DON'T TAKE AWAY OUR BEAUTY
AND SAFETY.

Lie to me prettily... said...

A tree planting program is fine - now how about a tree maintenance program. Don't you get it? Mr. Feiner regularly directs public attention to the first step and completely ignores the ongoing needs he has created.
Trees grow. Undergrowth develops in their shade. Leaves fall. Rain falls. The undergrowth and fallen leaves rot. The rot spreads to the trunk of the tree. The trunk rots. A storm comes along and the tree falls over striking a car on Central Avenue. It kills a perfectly innocent man and permanently cripples his wife. The Town is sued and settles for something around $7 million. Why? Because Mr. Feiner refused to include the funds to clean out the undergrowth and maintain the tree in a healthy condition. What would it have cost? Not more than pennies per taxpayer. But taking care of the Town's assets has never been a priority - no good sound bytes or photo ops for the aspiring politician there. Once the tree fell, Mr. Feiner cynically exploited the tragedy, appearing repeatedly in the press. He spent most of those appearances decrying the unwillingness of the Cotswold community to pay the cost of the settlement. He never got around to mentioning that the Town has a contract with Cotswold Park District to provide maintenance - and the revenue generated by Cotswold's payments went into the Town-wide budget, helping to reduce the taxes of village residents.
Beware of Town officials, both Supervisors and others, offering to create special districts as the solution to a problem. They've proven that they're willing to take the money - fail to provide the contracted service - and then they'll run like hell when the neglect catches up with them.
NO TREE PLANTING districts WITHOUT a plan to fund TREE MAINTENANCE in perpetuity!

Anonymous said...

The above comment is ridiculous. There are hundreds of thousands of trees in the community. The town has taken steps to cut down the dying trees. It's impossible to stop every tree from falling. The Supervisor is suggesting that smaller trees that won't grow tall be planted to replace the big trees that could cause power outages.

Anonymous said...

I think that Jim Lasser and Lie To Me Prettily make wise points. Politics aside, it's important to establish a long-term funded maintenance plan prior to even one tree being planted/replanted. I like green; but I respect (and vote for those who exhibit) intelligent business decision-making skills.

Anonymous said...

Supervisor Feiner is absolutely right. In the 21st century no industry, including Con Edison, can be bluntly destroying environment in pursuit of its industrial goals. Anecdotally, a part of the land on which the environment is being destroyed is jointly managed by Con Edison and NY Department of Environmental Protection.

Anonymous said...

Is the tree planting an "A" or "B" budet item?

Paul Feiner said...

Con Ed has agreed to meet with me next week to discuss.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous at 12:40 -
Actually, the Supervisor is probably best viewed as being absolutely left, not right. His government as interventionist view is decidedly socialist in its orientation.