wonder if you noticed the
incident that recently happened involving a very old tree and a utility
company. Residents Jim and Jane Helm discovered a subcontractor for a
getting ready to chop limbs on an old tree on their property. This has
an investigation into the conduct of the West Vincent Police
did the investigation? The Township Attorney firm of Siana, Belwoar and
McAndrew. What? The Township, in essence, ran it's own investigation?
I have been able to determine, the investigation and related costs is
$16,000 and climbing.
I am not questioning the actions of the Police and certainly not of the
Landowners. As it turns out, the subcontractor was not supposed to be
according to James Helm. In fact, because of the Helm's obstinance, it
like there may be some cooperation with protecting the tree. I am no
hugger and it isn't my tree but it is pretty old. I would guess that
Utility would work with the residents.
I did notice that the Township stance (according to one meeting video)
the tree is on “Township” property. This perverse attitude is the the
they used when trying to steal the Horse Show Grounds. In this
believe that because the Township has a Right of Way, that it is
ground. While the Township has certain rights on that section of
would wager that the Helm family pays taxes right to the centerline of
road, meaning that the tree is on the Helm property.
I am not sure of many things about this incident but I do commend the
family for doing what they can to protect something that they cherish,
getting arrested and it seems that they were somewhat right in their
that is, that the utility will be working with them instead of
standard hack and slash. Also, at this point in time, there are two
different points of view on what was asked of the township pertaining
investigation. As Supervisor David Brown stated, he believes that the
report should be released to the public in order to vindicate the
is this about vindication and in the end, we may never know if the
taxpayer expense was necessary or if the extensive review was merely to
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