First it was the Merritt Parkway.
Now, alert “06880” reader John Hartwell notes, Eversource is removing trees near the Green’s Farms train station, on both sides of New Creek Road.
Area resident Nico Eisenberger was surprised to see the same scene. He understands the need to trim trees from power lines, but wonders who made the decision to clear-cut so many trees — and would love to know how it was made.
According to Hartwell — a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council — Foti Koskinas (the deputy police chief who oversees maintenance and operations of the Green’s Farms and Saugatuck train stations on behalf of the town ) could not find a tree company to work on trees he was concerned about, near high voltage wires.
Because the property belongs to the state, Koskinas asked the Connecticut Department of Transportation to take a look. At a meeting including Koskinas, tree warden Bruce Lindsay and the DOT, Metro-North and EverSouce determined that the trees could not be trimmed. They needed to be removed.
Two sets of trees are being taken down: scrub trees on the parking lot side, and 70-foot pines on the station side.
Hartwell has been told that Lindsay is working on a landscaping plan. On the station side at least, trees with deep roots are needed to hold the hill in place.