WVN Alert: More tree trimming
- Dear Wayland Voter,
Some residents are reporting concerns about tree trimming being carried out today on Plain Road and possibly other scenic roads.
Don Ouellette, director of the Department of Public Works, told WVN that the work is being done under a permit that allows branches of less than 3 inches diameter to be trimmed to avoid power lines. There was apparently no advance notice, and Ouellette said no hearing is required unless trees are removed.
That exception would appear applicable under the shade tree bylaw but not the scenic road bylaw.
The protective scenic bylaw posted on the town website says: "The bylaw requires the Planning Board to hold a public hearing and review all work proposed within and along any designated scenic road. Projects that are subject to review include alteration or removal of trees or stone walls, road widening, the addition of a sidewalk, or the construction of a new curb cut or driveway." See:
The crews are in gray trucks marked Tree Tech.
Concerned residents who believe there is any deviation from permitted practice can consider these options:
1) Call Ouellette, cell phone 774-270-4022. His boss is Town Administrator Fred Turkington: fturkington@... )
2) Report alleged violations to the police at their non-emergency number 508-358-4721,
Last year, when NStar aggressively trimmed trees in Cochituate, crews also had worked during the weekend; trees were cut down on scenic Rice Road without a hearing. When a hearing was held later -- it's still not concluded -- citizen photographs of the evidence were found to be helpful to the Board of Public Works, whose members have discussed the need to protect trees.
The following roads have been designated as scenic roads:
Claypit Hill Road
Old Connecticut Path (East)
Pelham Island Road
Sherman Bridge Road
West Plain Street