Allowing Swan Pond culvert plan is 'criminal'

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Crazy, isn't it? To try and pay ransom to save some beautiful, healthy mature trees - trees that take generations to develop - when the village should simply say "no" to this plan to destroy them and disfigure the bucolic serenity of the Swan Pond Park.

This massive concrete culvert that is supposed to remove the water that will still flood the park on rare occasions is going to be an ugly eyesore, and I predict, absent a lift station, it won't work well enough to justify the cutting of a single tree, let alone dozens.

Regardless of how they grade that flood plain, the river during flood events will remain higher than the park, so the water can't flow out until it goes down. And that can sometimes take a month or more. So what's the benefit?

I understand that project has taken on a life of its own, but for the village to allow this ugly thing to be built where they are planning to build it is criminal. If it has to be built, then this outlet should be built closer to the hill, thus eliminating the need to move the power poles at all and saving at least 10 or 12 nice trees.

If it goes ahead as planned, the power poles will be placed 100 feet closer to the hill with no trees to partially mask them as is the case now. Why, at a minimum, doesn't the village insist that if they are moved they be put upriver, near the WPA stone stairs, where there are large trees to hide them and the wires over the river would be a narrower span and not so evident?

If they had decided to dig some new underground drains where the vernal pools gather, and fed them to a sump equipped with an electric pump, the village cold simply throw a switch and eject the water into the river - and probably none of the big trees would need to be cut.

It would be faster and cheaper to build, less disruptive and work much better. Go to the library porch and look out at the Swan Pond and imagine how three new power poles placed 100 feet closer to the hill are going to look, and how the wires will be essentially right across the view at the broadest part of the basin.

C'mon, trustees, stand up and tell them to it over, do it better, reroute their "swale" around the old trees that they have now marked for destruction. Stop this crass ugliness from destroying the park entrance and the views of the park that have taken a 100 years to achieve.

Donald Spatny
Riverside

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