A Disgraceful Message From The Huntington Town Board

Does the Town of Huntington really expect its residents to cut up 30 foot limbs into nice and neat 4 foot bundles??

I am appalled and outraged by the message I received today from the Huntington Town Board. To my DISMAY this letter indicates that the Town will only be removing branches that are less than 6 inches in diameter and less than 4 feet in length. 

The streets surrounding my home are nearly IMPASSABLE from ENTIRE TREES lying at the curb.  Based on the Town's newsletter I take it that the Town will be doing nothing about this. 

Bagatelle Road has been stripped of all debris, including a nearly 40 foot tree in front of the Schmidt nursery. How is that the the homeowners and businesses along Bagatelle Road are allowed to leave debris on the curb and yet my street one block away is left to fend for ourselves? To make matters worse the drainage basin at the corner of Westcliff Drive and Half Hollow Road has been cleared of massive tree limbs, courtesy of local government forces. 

I found it IRONIC that public employees can get away with littering Westcliff Drive, and yet local residents are instructed to bundle debris. The Town starts its letter attacking LIPA for their failure to perform, when in fact it is the Town of Huntington who is failing to protect its residents. If the Town's current trucks are not capable of hauling the debris littering our roadways then I suggest that they hire outside contractors to clean this mess up. I had an Illinois power company restore my power. LIPA brought in outside contractors to help with this mess. It's time the Town did the same. The Town went out of it's way to leave robocalls without any mention about how to dispose of debris.  Now that everyone has put it out on the street, including paid landscaping professionals, now we are being told that we need to perform additional work just to have the Town pick up.  In my opinion, this message SHOULD have been conveyed prior to the clean up effort commencing. My next course of action is to contact local media outlets to get cameras here on our streets to show how poorly the Town of Huntington is handling the aftermath of Sandy. Do you really expect everyone to cut up 30 foot limbs into nice and neat 4 foot bundles??  I want answers. My neighbors want answers. When will our streets be cleaned up by the Town?

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Janet November 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM
That request may be a little extreme, but the lack of people doing anything to help make the roads more passable is appalling. This is our town and we should assist in making the roads safer. The town employers can't be every where. Cut off branches that are sticking in the street, move the debris back off the road further. It's not that hard to clip branches to make a road back into a 2 lane rather than a 1 lane because of the debris. In the city store owners and residents have to shovel snow in front of their property....we should be held accountable for the ground in front of our yards, Again, I'm not saying dismantle a huge tree but trim the branches as well as possible. It will clear all the streets quicker if we help just a little. This is a massive undertaking.
Sandy Romano November 14, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Last week the town came and took bags of leaves and branches from my street. They did the north side of the street and as of today have not been back to do the south side of the street. Bags and brances are pilling up and the north side of the street looks pretty much like it did BEFORE they came. Just saying many of us are doing what we can. A little help would be nice.
Concerned SHParent November 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
That message relates to what the carting companies will take. The below excerpt is from another post on the Patch. Hope this helps alleviate your concerns, now I do agree that we all need to be a little diligent about putting things out on the street and blocking traffic. Some roads are hazardous to navigate, especially in the evenings, and some people feel its appropriate to leave trees that can easily be moved onto the side, because the town will take it. Be good citizens and move debris off the road and dont "expect" it to be taken care of. As the quote below states, the town will pick up debris that the carting company wont. "While local carting trucks will not take debris longer than four feet, Town spokesman A.J. Carter said: “Whatever the carters don’t pick up, the town will – but it is important to note that residents must separate storm vegetation material – branches and trees – from other debris, such as shingles and fence sections. What is being collected now is the storm vegetation material.”
Diane Schaber November 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
we were told last week to put our "storm debris" at edge of property and it will be picked up. They did that on Peachtree with town trucks, then took them by Stimson and put them in large trucks. Mr Petrones Alert message said they would be picked up. We have lots and lots and then lots more, debris, AND bagged leaves
JSC November 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
My question is where is all this debris going? Are they landfilling it? Are they using it on the beaches to reclaim sand over the winter?
michelle November 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Just got off the phone with The Town Hall and they said to leave "debris" out to be collected. They stated they would be collecting sometime in the future, couldn't commit to a time frame as they are in emergency mode and there is so much of it.
Pam Robinson (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thanks for the information, everyone. Good to have accurate info posted.
DogPatch November 22, 2012 at 01:29 PM
When I was a kid growing up in another state, when we had major trees fall in a storm, the local volunteer fire department would be out (it was at least half the able bodied men in town) - clearing the trees or at least securing the sites where lines where down. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more of that going on - but then, there were no professional landscapers except maybe at a golf course. If someone mowed or raked your yard it was the kid down the street.


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