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Wheatfield to have 49 dying trees removed near youth center

WHEATFIELD – Forty-nine trees will be cut down near the Town of Wheatfield Youth Center on the Town Hall campus, the Town Board decided Monday.

Hoppy’s Tree Service of Pendleton will be paid $12,500 to take down 34 ash trees, five maples, four elms and six oaks. “They’re not quite dead, but they’re dying,” Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said, attributing the problem to disease. The town has cordoned the area off to reduce the risk of a tree falling on someone.

The board also approved a 10-year town lease on land belonging to Adams Fire Co. on Nash Road, where there is a public ball field and outdoor basketball court. The latter is in need of resurfacing, Cliffe said. “It allows us to spend money on private property,” he said.

Town Attorney Matthew E. Brooks said he will negotiate additional language with the fire company pertaining to liability issues, which will be presented to the board.

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