At our late-April Council meeting, we spent a good amount of time discussing additional approaches for removing ash trees in the Township, nearly all of which are expected to die as a result of the emerald ash borer beetle. It's something we started working on four years ago, when we began taking down ash trees in and around parking lots in the parks (years one and two), near playing fields and along parks' property lines near private homes (years two and three), and deeper into parks along popular trails (year four). Still outstanding are thousands of ash trees in the "right of way" (the part of your property that abuts the road), which are the homeowners' responsibility, but may impact the broader town if the trees take down power lines. We are communicating constantly with JCP&L to take down problematic trees and are working on additional solutions to get these trees down before they become especially dangerous.
Big thanks to Councilman Tim Drag who's been laser-focused on lessening the impact of the beetle's infestation.
Click here for the Observer-Tribune's coverage of our Council conversation.