Fairfield tree-trimming program starting new phase
Published 5:21 am, Monday, February 29, 2016
The tree-management program in Fairfield — a pilot initiative last year designed to minimize storm damage caused by falling tree limbs — continues as planners will be going door-to-door to obtain property owners’ consent to trim or remove more trees this year.
The pilot program was concentrated in the Greenfield Hill and Mill Plain areas last year, and again will focus on those neighborhoods this year, according to town officials. The project is being carried out to avoid future problems like those suffered during Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene, which caused widespread and long-term power outages locally as fallen tree limbs pulled down transmission lines.
The tree-management program, overseen by United Illuminated, is expected to take place throughout town over the next five years.
Lewis Tree Service employees will visit local property owners to obtain permission for needed work. The door-to-door visits will start in February and work will begin in early July.
The pilot program was part of the state-mandated enhanced tree-trimming program. The project has been evaluated by town Tree Warden Jeffrey Minder, the Fairfield Forestry Committee and UI-certified arborists, according to town officials.
Work was completed in sections of Greenfield Hill and Mill Plain under the pilot phase of the project, concentrating on Congress Street just east of Burr Street to Hillside Road, and on Burr Street from the corner of Congress Street north to Aran Hill Road. In the Mill Plain area, the program was completed on Unquowa Road from the train station parking lot to Mill Hollow Park and on Mill Plain Road from Interstate 95 to Glover Street.
During the pilot program, town officials said 370 trees were removed on private property and 250 trees from the public right-of-way. In addition, 345 trees were pruned on private property and 230 trees were pruned in the right-of-way.