CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Monday’s heavy winds and rain brought tree down on Chicopee’s Davenport Street.
Part of it is still there, but neighbors like Paul Courchanse say it shouldn’t have been.
“Last year in a bad storm, a good sized limb broke off and fell across into the yard. It didn’t do much damage, but it was a nuisance. They’ve been trying to keep telling them that the tree is rotted; it’s going to come down. They keep saying we’re going to get around to it, and nothing ever happened,” Courchanse explains.
Neighbors had been complaining that the hollowed-out tree had become home to animals, and was rotting.
Luckily, it caused no damage when it came crashing down yesterday in the rain, but it’s still a chronic problem.
“Around here, in the past 10 years, we’ve had 4-5 trees come down,” adds Courchanse.
It’s the city’s responsibility to take care of the trees if they’re on the tree belt. Otherwise, the homeowner has to care for it if it’s on their property.
In order to get a tree removed, residents have to petition the tree warden to do so. If a tree poses a public safety issue, the tree warden can actually come and remove it without a hearing.
Courshane says he did see the DPW cleaning up some of the mess and is happy with the work they do, especially once this latest tree is removed.
The DPW just wrapped up a tree survey, examining every single tree in the city.
They plan to get rid of the worst ones first.