Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
The Town of North Hempstead has recognized the importance trees have in our communities. As a result they have created a database and are now in the process of cataloging every town-owned tree. The Village of Manorhaven has not yet recognized that same importance, which leads me to tell you of a recent occurrence.
In the Village of Manorhaven you must obtain a permit from the village in order to remove any tree having a diameter of six inches or more. This applies to private property or village owned right-of-ways.
Last month a large 60- to 70-year-old oak tree with a diameter of 30- inches plus was removed from a private property without a permit. This removal was witnessed by the Commissioner of Trees, documented and photographed by the village. As a result, both the property owner and the village-licensed tree removal company were fined the maximum fine by village law ... $2,000.
At this month’s court night both tickets were dismissed by the judge. If this isn’t a kick in the butt? Why do we issue tickets if they are not being held up in court? Is this an open invitation for our residents to remove trees at will? Is this tree removal company still removing trees in our village at will? Shouldn’t this tree company’s village license be revoked? This situation was clearly not handled properly.
The next village meeting is on Aug. 27. at 7 p.m. with public hearings on salaries and building codes.
Trustee John M. Di Leo Jr.
Commissioner of Trees
Commissioner of Highways