Caz Tree Commission presents plan of attack

The Village of Cazenovia will begin a tree pruning and removal project this week. The work will be completed under the direction of the Cazenovia Department of Public Works and is the result of a lengthy assessment of the health and structural conditions of the identified trees. Once the list was compiled of trees in need of immediate attention the work was put out to bid and Bartlett Tree Experts was awarded the contract with the low price.

"The impacted residents have been notified about the status of the trees close to their home as well as the planned actions," said Cazenovia Village Trustee Tom Tait.

The locations where trees will be removed are Memorial Park, Hurd Street, Sullivan Street, Seminary Street, Fenner Street and Lincklaen Street. The trees to be pruned are at various locations in the village and the primary objective is the removal of sizable deadwood.

"Bidding the tree work resulted in cost savings for the village taxpayers," Tait said.

Tait noted that Madison County will take responsibility for those village trees in their right-of-way, saving the village of Cazenovia thousands of dollars.

"In addition to these two cost saving solutions, the village of Cazenovia DPW will work with the contractor and complete the disposal of resulting debris and cleanup," Tait said. "In the past the contractor was responsible for a portion of this."

Tait expects another project later this year that will include additional pruning and removal work as well as proactive pruning of trees to establish a more appropriate structure.

"The village has contracted with Cornell University Cooperative Extension to complete a detailed tree inventory this fall under the direction of the Tree Commission," Tait said. "In addition, the Tree Commission will complete another round of tree planting this fall and sponsor several educational seminars."

If there are any questions or comments regarding the tree work or the Tree Commission, please contact Thomas Tait at 655-2203.

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