Proposed Updates to the Tree Warden/Tree Trimming Statutes

SGCA  has been actively involved in the tree removal/trimming program that the electric utilities have implemented.   We have supported public input and legislation to make this program fair and to make the process of notification clear to residents.  PLEASE read the information below that Hamden State Rep., Mike D’Agostino, sent and send a letter to the committee chairs in support of this legislation.   Thanks.

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Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM
Subject: Tree Bill
All — the Environment Committee will hold a hearing to consider public comments on our proposed updates to the tree warden/tree trimming statutes.  The hearing will be on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM in room 2B at the Legislative Office Building.

 

I would encourage attendance in person but, if you cannot make it, please put together written comments in support of House Bill 5150.  You can send them to me or to the committee chairs:  James.Albis@cga.ct.gov and Ted.Kennedy@cga.ct.gov. An email is fine.  Any statements in support will help.

 

In sum, the proposed legislation does the following:

 

  1. Clarifies that town tree wardens should post any proposed removal or pruning by a utility or other third party, regardless of whether the property owner consents;

 

  1. Allows the tree wardens to post a group of shrubs, rather than individual shrubs — saving time and expense;

 

  1. Requires DOT to submit a plan for proposed tree management to the Legislature and DEEP for review so as to protect non-hazardous mature tall trees from removal and to prune in accordance with specified standards; and

 

  1. Requires utilities to clean up debris left from tree/shrub removal.  This would be consistent with what PURA already requires but, because it is not in codified, the utilities often ignore it.

 

Thanks.

 

Michael C. D’Agostino
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
One State Street | Hartford, CT 06103-3178