Pictured left to right: Erin Baer, Eversource arborist, Carlos Cruz, General Foreman of Lewis Tree Service, First Selectman, Derrylyn Gorski, Bethany Deputy Tree Warden, John Zovinka.
First Selectman, Derrylyn Gorski, and Bethany Deputy Tree Warden, John Zovinka met with officials from Eversource on January 9 to understand their plans for the next phase of tree maintenance. According to Eversource arborist, Erin Baer, this scheduled maintenance program is essential to their ability to prevent power outages caused by falling tree limbs from dead or decaying trees. The plan covers trimming or removing trees along utilities’ right-of-way on town and private property deemed “too close to power lines” on all 72 miles of Bethany roads.
Eversource has already met with Bethany Tree Warden, Ray Pantalone to lay out the plan for various levels of maintenance based on the condition and reach of trees growing near power lines. Ms. Baer explained that the process includes placing information packets on the front door of affected homes in the planned area, obtaining property owners’ written consent prior to any cutting or trimming, options for disposition of wood or mulch and the means to negotiate or appeal proposed trimming or cutting plans affecting their property.
Details of the Eversource plan along with a color-coded road map and copies of the literature that will be left on the doors of affected residences are attached below. PLEASE RESPOND TO EVERSOURCE IF YOU GET A DOOR HANGER.
Lewis Tree Service from New York is the contractor hired by Eversource to perform the work.
Questions should be directed to the First Selectman’s office on 203-393-2100 X100.