Nashua official urges city to save downtown trees
On Tuesday, Moriarty hand-delivered an online petition to the Board of Aldermen that contained more than 500 signatures from individuals hoping to keep Main Street's mature trees standing.
Moriarty, Ward 9, spearheaded the petition at the request of his constituents after more than a dozen trees were cut down as part of the downtown revitalization project.The trees are being removed in part because their roots have been damaging the old brick walkways lining Main Street and impacting utility lines.
"People are not happy with what they are seeing," he said. "It is huge. It is overwhelming."
More than $2 million is being spent to enhance the downtown area, including the installation of new sidewalks, new parking pay stations, modern street lights and drainage improvements.
"The mature trees that currently line Main Street are an integral part of the beauty and character of Nashua's downtown," Moriarty wrote in the petition. "Two blocks of beautiful, healthy, mature trees were cut down as part of the ongoing sidewalk program, leaving those blocks barren and uninviting. The remaining two blocks of trees need to be protected."
The trees were not planted properly, he said, which has led to tree roots becoming entangled in utility conduits and pipes.
While Moriarty agrees that a downtown face-lift is in order, he says the claim that the tree roots are problematic is overstated.
- With non-critical federal services shutting down and no budget deal in sight, whom do you blame for the impasse?
- Both are to blame
- Total Votes: 2194
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