RAVENA, N.Y. -Residents in a Ravena neighborhood are
speaking out Tuesday night against CSX Railroads.
One resident says the railroad cut down trees on her private
property without giving her, or other residents, proper warning.
Laurie Danfield said she use to walk outside to see a
barrier of trees in her backyard hiding the CSX Railroad, but now she describes
the area as an eyesore.
According to the Ravena Mayor, about three weeks ago CSX
cut down dozens of trees along Magnolia Circle to make room for a second track.
Some residents say they were not notified about the work and Danfield said the
trees that were cut down were on her property.
"It's an eyesore," explained Danfield. "The trees
there provided some privacy and a barrier between our houses and the train and
now that's gone. Just the fact that we weren't informed that this was going to
happen and so we could discuss the impact on the community."
CSX has released a statement admitting that crews
"inadvertently cut down some trees on a homeowner's private property."
They have apologized for the incident and say they are in contact with the
property owner and Mayor of Ravena.
The statement continued "CSX is looking at what options
are available to reestablish vegetation along an approximately 1,000 foot long
stretch in the same area. Plantings will be based on availability,
weather and soil conditions with the work scheduled to be completed this year
or early next spring."
don't know how they're going to put full grown trees back in our yard," said Danfield.
"I mean, we'll have to see what they come up with. They weren't able to give me
a conclusive answer about what their decision would be."
trees were also cut down along other neighbor's yards on railroad property but
Laurel Wilson says it's still a violation.
"The visual concerns," said Wilson. "I used to have 25 feet of beautiful
trees behind myself and we used to have parties out here and people didn't even
know that there was a train track there until a train went by
is the resident who started the petition against CSX Railroad. She and Danfield
say the company did not follow its own policy.
of the things that's written is they're supposed to communicate with their
neighbors about any impact that their projects will have and none of that
happened," explained Wilson.
CSX says it is
looking at what options are available to reestablish vegetation along the rest
of the approximate 1,000 foot long stretch.
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