Written by Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00
The next village meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 20th at 10 a.m. The meeting, while considered a “regular” meeting with village business being conducted, is the annual “ Village Official for a Day”. Students from Cross Street, Center Street and St. Aidan’s schools have submitted essays to the village for review.
After careful consideration students will be chosen to represent village officials for the meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend this meeting in particular, not only to participate in village government, but also, to provide support for our young officials. It should be an informative, enjoyable meeting.
While becoming acquainted with the policies dealing with tree removal in the village during ongoing tree complaints and the road work, I’ve faced many residents’ questions regarding village trees.
A village tree (those trees located between sidewalks and curbs) is not taken down unless the tree is diseased or presents a safety issue. While this policy may appear simplistic, it becomes somewhat complex when the issue is dealing with a specific tree.
If a particular tree shows signs of disease it is evaluated by our tree crew, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Works, Keith Bunnell. If it is determined that the tree’s disease is serious and presents a hazard it is removed by our tree crew. If a tree appears to present a safety issue (i.e. roots becoming a trip hazard and their removal makes for an unstable tree ) it is removed, once again, after careful review by the appropriate staff. Some trees have had to be removed as a result of the various road projects.
Residents throughout the village have different beliefs when they believe a tree should come down or remain. Ironically, in a number of cases it seems when an individual would like a tree down it doesn’t meet the guidelines for removal. Conversely, when an individual wants a tree to remain, in some cases it has had to be removed. As one who loves the beauty of tree lined streets I have a hard time accepting the removal of trees in the village, but understand the need. I hope this helps to clarify this issue as it has become more of an issue with both road projects.
During the course of my weeks in village hall, many times I find myself walking into our own Carl F. DelVecchio Memorial Library. It’s an uplifting experience as the library staff greets all with a smile and a readiness to assist. All residents should try and take advantage of this village jewel as much is offered for “ kids of all ages”.
Have we been slowing down while driving through our village streets? I would hope so, as there is no reason to jeopardize the safety of all, but most especially our young.