Every cop, firefighter, DPW supervisor, elected official and Con Ed worker agrees. The tree at 22 Laurel Place needs to come down.
A city tree in the Residence Park section of New Rochelle, NY fell Sunday at about 5 PM, as high winds kicked up on the back end of what was Hurricane Irene, shutting off power to the residence. New Rochelle Firemen and Police officers responded. They looked the tree over and saw it was being supported by a triple combo of another tree, walkway and live electrical wires, Clearly, the all agreed, it should come down. They called it in and the section was yellow taped roped off.
On Monday, Joe from DPW was visiting his sister on Liberty Avenue. He happened upon the yellow tape. Not knowing anything about it, he dutifully radioed it in. Talking to the homeowner, he agreed the tree needed to come down. Later that day Michael Duffy, a Con Edison supervisor from Manhattan meandered up and looked at the tree.
"That tree needs to come down", he said. Then he left. The tree remained.
Messages left with Con Ed's voice mail resulted in a call back saying that maybe they would get it fixed by Thursday at 11:59 PM.
Another night came and went in total darkness. Tuesday morning gas piping was drilled into across from 33 Laurel and a cone left on top. A few hours later assessors from West Virginia, working for ConEd, came by to take a look at the tree.
"Sure enough, that tree needs to come down", said one of the men. They left, the tree remained.
The Mayor of New Rochelle spoke to the homeowners about the tree. He said he did not know anything about it but accepted an invitation to come down and look at the tree. The Mayor came with City representative and a worker from ConEd. After pondering the tree for a good while, they all declared "the tree must come down". Then they left.
Council Member Lou Trangucci came back towards the end of the day to inquire about the tree. He said he would check back in the morning to see whether the tree had been taken down.
Another night, more darkness but the tree that must come down still remains.
Stay tuned for what tomorrow may bring.