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Selectmen Talking Needham's Trees This Week

NStar and Needham officials proposing removal of 100 dead, dying or diseased trees along South Street. Public hearing scheduled for June 11.

 

Marked in blue ribbons along South Street, there are more than 100 trees which officials are considering for removal. 

These trees, according to an announcement on the Needham Town Website, are diseased, dying or dead. According to the Town site, the Board of Selectmen will hold a hearing to discuss the fate of these trees on June 11, in a week's time. 

Officials are working with NStar, again, on a removal plan to "ensure safe, reliable and continuous service to the Town." The trees marked for removal have a blue ribbon on them, as they have been identified as hazardous, the announcement says. 

Anyone with input can present it in person at the Hearing Tuesday night. However, for those who can't make it can address their thoughts to the Board of Selectmen, c/o Needham Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA or by e-mail at selectmen@needhamma.gov.

These are not the first trees to come before the Board. Last year, the Selectmen held a "summit" with NStar representatives and the town's State Rep Denise Garlick about possible tree removals in and around Defazio Park. 

About a month later, a number of residents petitioned the head of NStar to limit the amount of vegetation cut around transmission lines. One reader also wrote in about a federal plan which could balance NStar's proposals.

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