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News-Times picks up on clear-cutting story

Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Time: 3:04 PM

I've been running around collecting info for my follow-up on the story
regarding the clear-cutting over at Kennedy Ave. Unfortunately City Hall was closed on Friday so there were many questions in my original post that were left unanswered due to the fact that no one was around on Friday to answer my concerns.

News-Times Dirk Perrefort did a write-up on the fiasco...here's some highlights:
City officials have asked Danbury Police to investigate the recent clear-cutting of trees on city-owned property.

The neighboring property owner, who ordered the clear-cutting on the hillside overlooking Kennedy Avenue, has asked to buy the land from the city.

"I am really not happy with what happened here, and that's why I've asked the Police Department to investigate the matter," Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola said Monday. "This is a complete decimation of city property."

Iadarola said property owner Michael Aiello had a permit to clear some trees surrounding nearby Bells Lane, but the city did not give him permission to clear-cut the entire hillside.

"This is an abuse of the permit that was issued to him," Iadarola said.

According to the property owner, this is a misunderstanding...
He undertook the project, he said, because the hillside had become a dumping ground for trash.

The clear-cutting also provides a better line of sight for police to monitor activity on the property, he said.

"There is a lot of criminal activity that has occurred there, and we want to clean up the neighborhood," Aiello said. "We never meant to step on anyone's toes."

The article goes on talking about the developer's desire to purchase the land from the city as well as built a condo complex on Bells Lane.

Dirk left out some key pieces on info in his article which I'll provide in future posts.


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