In the fall of 2007, our highway ?supervisor was approached by the Asplundh Company to look over a list ?of trees that the Long Island Power Authority wished to remove in Southampton Village. The trees on this list would be removed at no cost to the village.
A representative from Asplundh came out and did a visual inspection with our highway supervisor on roughly 30 trees in the village that LIPA felt should be removed. Our highway supervisor did a walk-through of the affected trees several times with our parks supervisor, myself, and a senior arborist from Bartlett Tree Experts.
We all concluded that 22 trees were dying and/or decaying and posed a threat to LIPA power lines and public safety. These LIPA lines are very important to the well-being of our community as they are connected to hospitals, fire departments and ambulance buildings. Asplundh contracted with ?Looking Good Trees to remove trees that we all agreed were a threat. I contacted the Village Board to ask their opinion of the trees and was told ?that I should notify every homeowner in writing who had an affected tree ?in front of their property. This being done, we notified Asplundh to move ahead with the project.
We care a great deal about the trees in our community and would never recklessly remove trees unless they are a threat to public safety. Trees, like every other living thing, have a lifespan, and when that lifespan is reached, we must remove the trees and replant for future generations.