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Sandy Leads to Purchase Cutbacks

The Recreation Department cut "way back" on its mulch purchase. (Credit: Fresh Mulch)
The Recreation Department cut "way back" on its mulch purchase. (Credit: Fresh Mulch)
Trustees awarded bids to local nurseries this month for the purchase of trees, shrubs, flowers and mulch for its annual spring spruce up.

Though recreation director Kevin Ocker said he cut "way back"on the amount of mulch being purchased, Grove Street resident Bob Orosz questioned why the village is buying it at all.

"With all the trees knocked down during Sandy why aren't we selling mulch? Why are we buying it?" he asked.

Ocker said the village did chip and stockpile some wood from downed trees but most of the storm debris was carted away to a county disposal area.

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"They tend to break down much faster and can carry different types of disease with them," he said of the natural wood chips. "We don't want to use them in our show beds."

Eberhard Voellm Nurseries, Inc. of Franklin Square, lowest overall bidder for mulch, will provide the product at a total cost of $1,850. Bisset Nursery Corp. of Dix Hills, the lowest overall bidder for trees and shrubs, will provide the greenery for a total of $15,000. (Nine vendors were invited to bid; the village received four.)

Bisset Nursery will also provide perennials and bulbs at an approximate cost of $14,500 while Otto Kiehl Florists, Inc. of Huntington will provide annuals at an approximate cost of $7,100. (Seventeen vendors were invited to bid; the village received four.)

Where else do you think the village could cut back? Let us know in the comments section below.
Bill Sweeney February 28, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I want to know if the village will replace all the trees people have cut down since Sandy. Over by me, people are cutting 3 massive Oaks at a time. Looks like hell. Such a shame. I know it was a selling point when they moved here. If they didn't go down now, I think they're solid. Hopefully they have enough sense and courtesy to replace them.
Jack O'Niel March 01, 2013 at 09:27 AM
You're only allowed to cut down one tree on your property per year without the Village's consent. For more than one they need to send someone out to look at the trees for damage before they will authorize it. I'm not sure what the fine is for breaking this rule.
Bill Sweeney March 01, 2013 at 09:30 AM
In the wake of the storm, seems the Village gave permits to at least 3 houses on my block alone...and these trees were not damaged whatsoever. It's just people freaking out, but it's a long-term loss for the area, especially if nothing replaces them.
Publius March 01, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Bill I agree, by all means people should cut down trees which have become too large but I do hope they will replace them with more modestly sized trees or even semi-dwarves. It would be great if the village could prepare a list of trees which would do well on smaller lots in our climate zone so everyone can start replanting this Arbor Day.
George March 04, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The list to replenish village trees must be a mile long....how will they prioritize this? Areas like the mott have had much more damage per square foot than others....wonder how this will be done? Might be a good follow-up article to this one....

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