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Highland can’t clear trees in streams

ELDRED, NY — Hundreds of mature downed trees littered Beaver and Halfway brooks following two severe storms earlier this year.

Highland Supervisor Jeff Haas subsequently noted the problem, saying the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has indicated some flexibility in approving stream work permits for their removal. However, since most the area involved is located on private property, removals would be up to those owners.

At the town’s July 10 meeting Haas reported that permits for cleanup along publicly-owned property bordering Beaver Brook were anticipated.

Asked about the potential danger to downstream properties and infrastructure from snag dams in the event of serious future flooding in other areas bordering those streams, highway superintendent Tom Ebers said Highland does not have the resources to clear trees on private properties.

Ebers also announced a traffic warning in that tree removals in and around the old Eldred Cemetery would be taking place over the next couple weeks.

Haas said the last of builders’ signed contracts for the new highway barn were expected by the end of last week and construction would begin shortly thereafter.

There were several comments regarding traffic safety issues involving sight distances and excessive speed at the Barryville four-corners. Haas said the state DOT is planning new signage, pavement markings and some tree cutting. Yulan Fire Chief Adam Norris reported eight accidents at the intersection in the past six months.

There were no resolutions on the meeting agenda.

Haas reported that Councilman James and town clerk Doreen Hanson were absent attending the recent birth of their granddaughter.


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