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Yorktown Officials: Large Trees to be Picked up by Outside Company

Logs or piles of branches that are not cut, bundled and tied will not be picked up in Yorktown.

Even weeks after superstorm Sandy, there are still downed trees on residents' properties that have not been taken care of. 

Yorktown town officials said highway department employees are marking where those trees within the town's right-of-way are that need to be cleaned up. Once that list is compiled, town officials will hire an outside company to remove those trees. Homeowners would have to pay a fee to get their downed tree removed, Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said. 

Officials said they don't want residents to start cutting up those trees into little pieces. In addition, town employees will not pick up branches unless they are cut to a maximum of 4’ in length, bundled and tied with a strong cord.

Once the bundled and tied branches are brought to curbside, the resident should call 914-245-4438 and the town's department will add their address to its collection list.

Yorktown Highway Superintendent said residents should not be placing tree stumps on the curbside for pickup because they would be too big to run through a shredder.

Bill November 20, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I don't understand why the town can't just pay for all of this (including loose branches) and then file with FEMA for reimbursement. I recall reading that one town did that for last October's storm, while Yorktown acted like a stubborn child and refused to pick up loose branches that sat on the street for months.
Francis T McVetty November 20, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Bill did you mean the Yorktown residents or the Yorktown government?
Bill November 20, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The town government should do it. They're going to be filing for reimbursement of storm related expenses from FEMA anyway, per another article. I'm pretty sure read about a nearby town doing this last year, collecting the trees and branches and then filing a claim.
Francis T McVetty November 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
So the town is responsible for your tree removal?
Sami November 20, 2012 at 08:37 PM
So what if they file a FEMA claim and FEMA doesnt cover it all? Then ALL of our taxes go up because some people didnt want to clean up their own property? Hire a company and put a claim through your own insurance.
Bill November 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The town picks up some branches that you leave by the side of the road. And now the article says they're going to arrange to pick up some trees. Why not just get it done? I'm not suggesting they go to people's backyards and clean up trees that have fallen there. Just get the stuff off the street and curb where it can cause problems.
C Gajowski November 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Looked up civil law interpretations on fallen branches, trees, etc - so what numerous sites say is that if a tree has roots on property A but it or its' branches fall on Property B, it's Property B's problem to clean up unless there was clear evidence that said tree was damaged, rotted, or in some way a reasonable person could tell by looking at it that it posed a threat. (e.g. the owner "should have known") By this measure, the town must go clean up Town areas anyway. Not someone's yard, but roadways, and the like. And it makes a lot of sense to do as much as possible to get everything back in shape given the nature of the widespread damage. And are those trees still dangling over 132?
Mike Rodriques December 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
You're responsible for anything past your property line. I'm pretty sure that's the insurance companies definition of this. Also, I agree with Sami. People should be responsible for everything on their own property, and then they should file a claim with FEMA.

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