Tonawanda News

Opinion

May 3, 2014

TUCKER: Tree removal questions abound

(Continued)

Tonawanda News — I passed this information to the state forester and a Master Forest Owner, a friend and NYFOA member. Here’s some questions that were suggested.

• Were bids put out for the study and work?

• What valuation process was used?

• Why weren’t the trees taken down to the ground and the stumps ground out, finishing the work?

• What benefit is this program to the city, does taking down trees affect property values?

• Who is gaining income from the logs/limbs and stumps? Silver maples, according to the DEC’s Stumpage Report, are valued from $435 to $925, ash is valued at $150 to $600, average price. What are the downed trees used for: logs, fuel, pulp or chips and who is reaping the benefits?

• Were the trees affected by Emerald Ash Borer reported to the DEC or are ash trees being taken down “in case” they are affected?

Alderman Jenna Koch replied to the possibility of questioning John Ruch, city arborist, as he will be at the meeting. She replied that “according to the Mayor, John Ruch will meet with the Council at 6:15 p.m.” 

Sounds as though there won’t be an open forum, but be sure to attend to give your opinion.

Mayor Davis, of course, did not start this project as it was partly in place when he took office and in his defense, it seems he’s trying his best to make sure the city will benefit in the end.

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Dennis Pasiak, former NT alderman, called about a coming event, and while we were chatting, he praised the efforts of St. Francis of Assisi School in its fight to stay open. Dennis attended Our Lady of Czestochowa School in North Tonawanda and then, for a year, Duffy High School in the Falls. At that time, Bishop Gibbons High School opened and he graduated from there.

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