Tree Warden Still Set to Remove Main Street Bradfords

Bruce Pauley was not convinced by residents at the August 8 public hearing that the trees could be made safe.


New Canaan Tree Warden Bruce Pauley will have the seven Bradford trees on Main Street removed within three weeks after a public hearing did nothing to change his mind.

"They failed to convince me that the trees could be made safe enough," said Pauley of the residents who showed up to the August 8 public hearing at Town Hall to try to save the trees. 

Andrea Sandor, a New Canaan resident who completed a “Community Forest” evaluation for the town in 1999, presented a variety of alternatives, including a fiscal breakdown showing that removal and replacement of all seven trees, at a cost of $8,465, would be the most costly option. 

"New Canaan spending on trees was meant to "shift" to a remove/maintain balance which better met resident’s expectations with regard to tree management," stated Sandor, who called for the public hearing. "Anecdotal evidence that the Town is not meeting resident’s expectations for managing this town asset is substantial and hasn’t changed over many years."

"Recent examples: town removal of specimen trees in Mead Park dedicated to Veteran, West Road Tree removals protested in Stamford Superior Court, Complete removal of all Locust Trees on Forest Street protested and re-evaluated, Mead Park Island clear-cut controversy and Irwin Park: large healthy estate Tree removal controversy," stated Sandor. 

While Pauley agreed that residents argued a good case for how the trees could be safer, he said that there was no way the Bradfords could be made safe enough to remain growing on Main Street. 

Pauley said five of the Bradfords will be replaced with three English Oaks and two Chinese Ginkgos at approximately 12 feet in height. 

Find attached Sandor's presentation on cost/benefit. 

Dave August 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I think this is all bull Sht if you are going to cut down the trees that are sick replace them. I want to know how much Bruce is getting payed off for cutting down these tree in front of store fronts, these trees have been there since I was kid an it so happens that theses tree that are be cut down just so happen to be in front of well known store names hmmmm
Roy A. Abramowitz August 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Dave: Bruce Pauley is being paid nothing. The work is done by third party aborists. As Tree Warden Bruce Pauley cannot take work from the town. Broce is a licensed Arborist and extremely knowledable. His decision was based on safety. Safety for the entire community. The trees will be replaced with the proper variety for our town environment. Bruce as Tree Warden fought long and hard to have a Public Tree Board established which Board has had three meetings to date and is in the process of forming volunteer teams to complete a thorough Town Public Tree inventory. Perhaps you might want to attend our mtg the second Wednesday of the month at 3PM in the Town Hall Board Room. You can voice your concerns, be educated on the matter and speak with Bruce. This is not BS. The town is spending funds to insure the safety of its constituents and vistors and Bruce Pauley is spending a bunch of time. Roy A Abramowitz, Chairman Public Tree Board
Four Jacks August 17, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I've had those trees in our yard, they always split and are very dangerous. The leaves remain into November, and and fall storm will damage the trees and endanger anyone near them.
J Bauer August 17, 2012 at 01:27 AM
First, they are trees, not human beings. I always chuckle about how up in arms some people get over the removal, replacement or whatever of a few trees anywhere... whether it is on Main Street or not. If they present a hazard, time to chip em. Second, I think the cost of replacement at rouhgly $8k is substantial, but the good news is that Jeb Walker received almost that much in illicit pension payments. So, maybe the town should ask him to donate the money to the tree budget. Hah! Fat chance.
Four Jacks August 17, 2012 at 01:45 AM
SteveObs August 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I had a burrito for dinner.
Glen K Dunbar August 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
You all know I have to comment here. Umm. I will try to be polite though. How can I put this. If the town is willing to take bad trees down that are diseased/sick I for one support it. I HATE change too. I love things just the way they were. But, if they put fresh trees there it will still look nice.
SteveObs August 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM
paul bunyan real talk
Michael Nelson August 20, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Anyone know how long these new oak trees will be in place before they've overgrown their purpose? On a similar note, can we start holding citizens accountable and not the town, state or electric company, for bringing down the power grid after failing to maintain trees in their yard that are downed in storms, tearing down power lines?
Angie S. August 20, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I'm with J. Bauer on this one. :-)


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