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Downtown Waynesboro trees might be cut

March 12, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Mature trees on Waynesboro's Main Street might be cut down in coming months, the borough engineer confirmed Thursday.

Brick pavers soon will replace existing sidewalks on Main Street from Grant Street to Walnut Street. A contract has been issued giving J.D. Eckman Inc. the authority to cut down trees if needed during the brick pavers and Center Square construction work.

Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said several trees have roots that will push up the sidewalk. Others will be too close to the new Victorian-style lamp posts being installed.

"There's going to be a lot of them removed," he said.

New trees would be planted on Main Street as replacements.

Grubbs has a meeting scheduled for Monday with Harry Morningstar Jr., a representative of the town's shade tree commission.

Morningstar promised they will spare every mature tree they can.

"Over the years our downtown has changed, and it's going to have to change even more with this ... project," Morningstar said.

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However, he believes most of the trees will be OK because they're specially designed to grow roots straight downward. They also don't develop branches outward until they reach at least 14 feet.

"These are hybrid trees bred for an urban setting," Morningstar said.

The borough uses quanzan cherry, aristocrat pear, littleleaf linden and dwarf lilac trees, he said.

Morningstar said many trees are funded through private donations, which usually include a granite plaque as a memorial for someone.

Almost 200 trees are being maintained by annual trimmings, Morningstar said.

Former state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin/Adams/York, secured a $500,000 grant for the downtown sidewalks.

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