Here we go again. Supervisor Murray and Councilman Darcy have totally lost a basic reality check.
In their latest installment of junk mail from the Town of Hempstead, the Town is offering new curbside tree replacement for those in the unincorporated areas whose tree(s) were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
On paper this sound nice and replaces green to the neighborhood but the reality is:
1) Curbside trees and overhanging branches that fell took down power, phone and TV service lines.
2) Curbside trees are responsible for sidewalk lifting creating trip fall hazards.
3) Curbside trees block the needed sidewalk and street illumination from the few street lights on each residential block.
4) Curbside trees contribute to cracking and chipping of the curbs near them.
5) Curbside trees when grown hinder opening a vehicle door when legally parked between curb cuts.
6) In the fall leaves from curbside trees fall into streets, create an eye sore and hazardous condition when wet. Not to mention the number being washed down and covering storm drains. The property owners do not feel any leaves from their curbside tree is their responsibility to clean up once in the street.
7) When grown, curbside trees present a hazard over roadways to school buses and large trucks to include fire trucks when not maintained.
If the Town wants to replace trees then they should install a ordinance or minimum set back distance from the sidewalk and keep the curbside free of new plantings.