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New Castle Board Asks for Patience with Tree Pick-Up

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. – It has been more than a week since the Oct. 30 snowstorm left trees and power lines down throughout New Castle. Tuesday night, the town board said many residents have complained about the town’s response to the storm, yet due to the large number of trees that came down during the storm, the board said it anticipates cleanup could take months rather than weeks.

At its board meeting, the town reassured residents it hasn’t forgotten about the debris, which is still being conducted by town workers. "Any trees that came down in the right-of-way, the town will take care of those, but you must be patient," said Town Administrator Penny Padereweski. "There are eight workers doing this work, and they're working as quickly as they can and they're working very hard."

In the meantime, the department of public works will be picking up debris that fell within the property of New Castle residents every Monday until Dec. 19, with the exception of Nov. 21. Residents must place the debris on the curb, tightly-bundled with twine or placed in a brown leaf bag in order for it to be picked up. Any branches or trees must also be cut 4 feet or less and may not be more than 5 inches in diameter. It also must weigh less than 60 pounds.

"If it's their own stuff from inside their property, obviously they have to bundle it up and move it and take care it themselves," said town board member Michael Wolfensohn. "Anything that's town-owned in the town right-of-way, they can either take care of it themselves or they can be very patient and eventually the town will get to it."

Residents also have the option of bringing debris to the recycling center at Hunts Lane. Debris taken directly to the center does not have to comply with the pick-up requirements.

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