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Old Maple May Get Ax

Posted on 21 August 2009

A maple tree at 30 High Street may get the ax after the Village of Sag Harbor Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (ARB) approved its removal on Thursday, August 13.

At a previous meeting, the board — not often prone to approving the removal of trees in the historic district — tabled the application asking the applicants, Ellen Vandoran and Robert Reid, to explain why they wished permission to remove the tree.

On Thursday, landscape architect Jack Delashmet approached the board on behalf of the homeowners, explaining the removal of the maple would not be aesthetically in the best interest of his clients, but in order to preserve an older, more significant oak, may be necessary.

“We are in no hurry to do it,” said Delashmet.

Last fall, when doing necessary pruning to the ailing maple, Delashmet said the cavity was such that experts from CW Arborists recommended its removal in order to preserve the adjacent oak. Delashmet said his clients would try and keep the tree for as long as possible, but wanted the approval just in case this fall arborists demand its removal.

“My feeling is the town and the trees, in particular the oak, would be better served by removing the maple,” said Delashmet.

According to Delashmet the applicants would replace the maple with a seven-inch caliper specimen.

“It is not a historic tree that has a presence,” noted ARB chairman Cee Scott Brown.

The board agreed to give the applicants permission to remove the tree in the next year under the requirement that it be replaced within two months.

Two additional trees, at the rear of James Giorgio’s 125 Main Street property, were also approved for removal.

In other ARB news, Carol Major was approved for a new sign at 11 Madison Street, as was Biana Stepanian who will be opening the new business Sag Harbor Salvage Co. on Long Wharf. Agawam Realty was also granted permission for a sign at their new location at 76 Main Street in the village.

Lastly, Sharon Kay was approved for alterations at her 136 Jermain Avenue residence, although the board was not amenable to allowing Kay to replace a deteriorating wood fence with one made of PVC, despite the fact Kay had already purchased the material. Kay said she would seek a refund, and was also approved for new shutters.

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