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April 3, 2014

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Against tree cutting

Everyone with whom I have spoken during the past two days is disgusted or really angry about the cutting of trees along Main Street. Originally there were 46 trees between Chestnut Street and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Few villages have a busy Main Street lined with trees like Cooperstown!

The timing of this ill-considered project is terrible. Why degrade our Main Street and make it look less attractive the National Baseball Hall of Fame is celebrating its 75th Anniversary? We are expecting a great turn-out of visitors from around the country and the Village is denuding Main Street. It doesn’t make sense.

The worst part of this project is the fact that it will take eight to 10 years for the new trees to grow back to the height of our current trees. To justify this clear cutting of trees on Main Street, the village received a grant to remove the trees, tear up the sidewalk and construct “water gardens” to help the new trees to survive better. Normally, grants like this do not cover all the costs and the village will pay for part of the cost. Why has the village not released any information on that?

Being skeptical of the village’s news release, I did my own research on some of the things it said. According to the release, most of the trees on Main Street don’t last more than 10 years. My count indicates there were 46 trees along Main Street, 27 fairly large trees, eight medium sized trees and six small trees. Only five of the trees could be classified as poor or in need of cutting. The 27 larges trees were all over ten years old. So, there was a little false justification in the village news release. 

The people that commented to me about cutting all those trees think we need a mayor and village board with a little common sense. I whole heartedly agree.

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