Warren evaluating dying trees at Veterans' Park

Reinstates charge on fluorescent bulb disposal
By Beth A. Birmingham | May 12, 2017
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Yellow ribbons mark old trees that need to be removed at the Veterans' Park in Warren.

Warren — At its May 10 meeting, the Board of Selectmen discussed removal and replacement of elderly trees at its Veterans' Park on Western Road as well as reinstating charges for the disposal of fluorescent lightbulbs at the transfer station.

Currently, yellow ribbons mark several trees that have been deemed appropriate for removal at the Western and Main streets park.

The board sought the advice of Thomaston Tree Warden Pete Lammert, who recommended the removal and replacing them with sugar maples or red oak trees.

Veterans' Park is one of the older cemeteries in town, and one concern is the fact that there is no map of burials there.

Chairman Bill Lufkin said it is not known for sure that there is anyone buried in that triangle, but "if we do not dig too deep for the new trees, there should be no issue."

Lufkin said although there was a mention of bones being found at the site, there actually have been none found. "We were trying to anticipate the possibility," he said.

The board will be looking into the cost of removal and replanting.

By a vote of 3-1-1, with Selectman Carole Courtney against and Wayne Luce abstaining, the board approved reinstating a fee for disposal of fluorescent bulbs at the transfer station.

Lufkin said the fees are the same as they were a couple years ago -- 25 cents for two-foot bulbs, 50 cents for four-foot bulbs, and $1 for an eight-foot fluorescent bulb.

"When we reviewed the transfer station fees at that time, we had very minimal cost to recycle them, so we opted to not charge for their disposal," Lufkin said.

The decision came after David Grant of the transfer station had reported an influx of bulbs being dropped off at the station by a local contractor.

"In recent months, the cost of recycling the bulbs increased and we had to purchase shipping boxes for them, or find ones that could be used and still protect them from breakage." Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury.

The charge went into effect May 11 and applies to all, despite Courtney's suggestion of allowing residents a small number of free disposals.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (1)
Posted by: PETER LAMMERT | May 13, 2017 18:55

I suggested a mix of both sugar maples, such as the ones presently growing there AND red oaks, not one or the other.

Why two species? With newly introduced invasive species arriving on our shores in recent years, it is unknown what species of tree will be under attack next. The emerald ash borer is working its way toward Maine if it is not already here and the Asian Longhorned Beetle, that attacks multiple hardwoods, and which looks very much like the native "sawyer beetle" that has been in Maine forever and only seems to "attack' dying or dead softwoods, is slowly making its way North East.

So, if several species are planted, some are bound to survive future invasive insect attacks.

If you want to memorialize a family member, why don't you donate a tree in their memory or honor?

Regards, Pete Lammert, Thomaston Tree Warden.

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