Members of the Board of Selectmen at their most recent meeting voted unanimously to approve a contract with a well-established, local tree care company to address what officials say has become a safety concern along a heavily used road and public park.
Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists Inc. will prune a long row of tall pine trees fronting Irwin Park along Wahackme Road following a 3-0 vote at the board’s Jan. 23 meeting.
Bob Horan told the board that he’s been watching the trees “for a while.”
“The trees are loaded with dead and broken branches and more importantly there are a lot of invasive vines growing up in the crowns of the trees,” Horan said at the meeting, held in Town Hall. “For safety, for the future health of the trees and aesthetically, it’s a project that I have been kind of keeping an eye on.”
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams approved the $9,100 contract.
It also includes removal of a decayed silver maple tree at Weed Street and Richmond Hill Road and pruning of three sugar maples on Brookside Road near the Darien line, Horan said.
Hutchinson won the bid at a very reasonable cost, Devereaux noted, saying the New Canaan company came back “so far below the others it is wonderful.”
Williams asked Horan how New Canaan is faring this fiscal year with the tree removal budget. Horan said about half of it has been spent.