Opinion

(Ed.'s note: The following was sent to Curt Trinko, chairman of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, and printed here at the writer's request.)

I sent in my $60 dues in response to your summer fundraising letter. Then I inspected the trees in front of 30 Reid Avenue, which you referenced in your letter. The developer of this property wants to remove them (actually have them removed by the town because he wants to relocate the curb cut and they are on town property).

Both of these trees are sick and already half-dead and should be chopped up into firewood as soon as possible. They are maple trees, which grow like weeds and destroy sidewalks with their strong horizontal roots, which raise the concrete slabs and thus cause dangerous tripping hazards to pedestrians.

In years past, the town highway department has had to remove many of these over-the-hill maple trees, always replacing them with more sensible conical shaped, tap root types of trees which are less hazardous to pedestrian and vehicle traffic and to overhead electrical distribution and service drop lines.

I've lived in the same house on Reid Avenue for 49 years, and I've seen a lot of trees come - grow old - and go. It's time for these two trees to go. They have already embraced the sidewalk slabs, and evidence indicates that the town sidewalk district, many years in the past, had to cut some main roots of the two trees in order to pour new sidewalk slabs raised by these voracious, weed-like trees.

The RFAMBPW should not encourage misguided treehugging by its misinformed members.

Robert Persons


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