Residents Object to DPW, Eversource Cutting Down Trees in Their Neighborhoods, First Selectman Responds [UPDATES]
UPDATE, 2:59 p.m.:
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson sent this statement to Darienite.com, referring to Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral:
“Ms. Feral is correct in that I was attempting to appeal to her sense of public safety. Unfortunately, we were unable to complete the conversation when she hung up after calling me ‘ridiculous’ for suggesting a child could catch a tire on the heaving sidewalk and fall into the street in that heavily trafficked area. I love trees too but the safety of our residents will always come first.”
Stevenson also said in an email to concerned residents of the Littlebrook Road area: “No tree removal work will occur until 1) we walk the street again with Eversource, 2) a public hearing is held and 3) a replanting plan is presented to stakeholders, including Little Brook residents impacted by the planned removals.” UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.:
Friends of Animals sent Darienite.com this statement quoting the organization’s president, Priscilla Feral, referring to her talk with First Selectman Jayme Stevenson about tree removal:
“I agree the conversation did not go well. However there wasn’t any name calling.