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DeLaney defends Dogwood tree removal

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By KEVIN NEVERS

Folks took to social media with a vengeance last week, after the Chesterton Tribune reported that 25 well-established trees along 1100N and 23rd Street at Dogwood Park are to be removed by a NIPSCO contractor.

A contracted arborist for NIPSCO announced the removal at the Park Board’s July 2 meeting, and while anticipating a dismayed outcry from the community she said that the trees have overgrown a critical power line, and that to cut back the trees to minimum spec would reduce their canopy by around 25 percent, significantly disfigure them, and in all likelihood kill them.

She also said that NIPSCO would replace the trees on a one-for-one basis as well as provide additional funds, possibly for the establishment of an arboretum.

Folks on social media were having none of it, however, and made their feelings abudantly clear.

The hue and cry prompted Town Council Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th, at Monday’s meeting, to invite the community to the Park Board’s next meeting, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, and hear the full story. Although, DeLaney said, the Tribune’s story was accurate and thorough, people need to hear the whole story.

“These trees are hitting a high-power three-phase line in that area,” DeLaney said. “People are losing power in that area. And the trees are part of the problem. In this case, (removing the trees) is the right move.”

2020 Property-Tax Levy

In other business, Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela reported that the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has authorized a growth quotient of 3.5 percent for next year’s property-tax levy, which will amount to an additional $211,000 in revenues.

Although that figure is pre-circuit breaker, the town will still see an uptick in levied funds, Kuziela said.

The Return of John Kosmatka

Member Jim Ton, R-1st, took a moment at the end of the meeting to extend his warmest welcome to former member John Kosmatka, who was in the audience on Monday.

Kosmatka occupied the 1st District seat on the council before resigning to accept a position with the U.S. State Department in Russia. “I was very happy when Jim Ton took my seat when I went to work in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow,” Kosmatka said from the floor.

Kosmatka went on to serve with the State Department in Riga, Latvia.

 

 

Posted 7/9/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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