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Railroad spraying and dead trees still an issue

CORNWALL — The continued presence of dead trees along the Housatonic Railroad tracks as they pass through Cornwall remains a subject of concern to the Board of Selectmen, who discussed the matter at their meeting on Tuesday, May 5, held online.

First Selectman Gordon Ridgway reported that the town has received notice from the Housatonic Railroad Company that they will begin their annual spraying program on May 18. The company did not indicate any plans to remove the dead trees along the tracks that are the result of spraying in the past.

Ridgway said that he would contact the railroad company asking that the existing damage be remedied. At the urging of the selectmen, Ridgway will also ask that the spraying contractors not spray in heavily settled areas along the tracks, specifying Cornwall Bridge and West Cornwall and extending to the Trinity Retreat Center.

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