Two locust trees on the corner of Main and River streets
in Collinsville are slated for removal next spring, Canton tree warden Tom
Richardson said Friday.
Two trees will be planted in their place, he added.
Removing the trees became somewhat controversial but Richardson said in the end he felt the majority of those who spoke at a hearing earlier this week were in favor of their removal. The trees were problematic due to a root system that might grow back and damage new town sidewalks, the mess from the leaves and a high canopy that makes pruning difficult and causes other issues, Richardson said.
“I want to thank everyone for coming out,” he said. “Overall I think people were for taking them down.”
The action was delayed until spring for a few reasons, he
said. First it’s getting late in the season and with the Valley House Condo
Association slated to remove three trees on its property, Richardson said it
made sense to let those stay for now so some cover would remain in the area. In addition, with the town's receipt of the $387,000 grant for Main Street, it also makes sense to see if the choice of species might tie into
that project, he said.
Richardson said he does want to see a native species in the
“Hopefully we can plant something that’s good for everybody,” he said.
Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled after two residents protested the proposed removal of the trees.
Some residents and business owners argued that the trees needed to be removed due to issues with the sidewalk, overgrowth, slippery leaves and the long-term health of the trees.
contended they provide valuable shade and beauty and simply need some pruning and some further attention paid to cleanup.
Richardson said he appreciates everyone's demeanor in the debate and added that the Public Works Department, for which he works is now more tuned into taking care of trees in Collinsville. Already it has noticed a maple across the street from the Valley House for pruning.