Town to protect trees

The town is currently considering a new code that would not apply to buildings, but to trees. The code would protect trees of historical significance, like those being present during a war or growing in a special part of town. The issue was discussed at a work session earlier this month.

The National Park Service designates “iconic trees,” which have been around to “witness” pieces of history. Many trees at Gettysburg are designated in this way, and trees across the country have received special distinction. The Town of Brookhaven is now looking to do something similar, by gathering historical records and accounts from residents and seeing if any trees may be important enough to save.

One example is the aspen trees at Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai. That type of tree is usually reserved for different climates, but after one was planted years ago, a culture was created that allowed for more. Another tree is in front of the old Brookhaven Town Hall on South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue.

The town will open up the issue to the public at a hearing scheduled for Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Also at Town Hall

Fences have recently gone up at Town Hall near the entrance across from the student parking lot at Sachem High School East. According to officials from the town, the fences are representative of a years-long project to bring solar panels to Town Hall property.

These solar panels are not for use by Town Hall, but rather the town will be renting the open land for other companies to use as small solar farms, similar to locations in Holtsville and Manorville. The project does not cost anything to the taxpayers and should produce $50,000 per year.

The project has taken some time, as a request for proposals initially went out seven years ago and was awarded near the start of supervisor Ed Romaine’s first term.

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