Whether or not they are consciously aware, every resident of Hudson and every visitor to our city suffered an irreparable loss yesterday when the pin oaks in front of 364-366 Warren Street were brutally pruned.
The question of how something so awful could happen to such venerable trees on Hudson's main street has been raised by many. Gossips has received a report from someone who witnessed the horror and, to answer the question, recounts the essence of that report.
The pruning was being directed by Jason O'Toole, director of property management for the Galvan Initiatives Foundation, who was on the phone throughout with Eric Galloway, sending pictures and receiving instructions. Many present were in a panic as more and more limbs fell, among them the owner of the tree service, which reportedly had been hired to "trim and clean out the dead wood," and one of the owners of Hudson Home, whose new courtyard garden was being planted at the same time the trees were being "trimmed." For a while there was hope that some of the lower limbs might be spared, but in the end they came down.
Four years ago, in September 2011, in the wake of the chainsaw massacre at 25 Union Street, David Marston appeared before the Common Council Legal Committee to present a petition, with two hundred signatures, urging the Council to adopt a tree preservation ordinance. If the Council had acted on that proposal, the irreparable damage visited yesterday on the pin oaks at Warren and Fourth streets might have been prevented.
The picture above was taken in August 2013.
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