BRUNSWICK –– The Benjamin Farm Homeowners’ Association spoke to City Council on Monday about a tree cutting that its members say affects home values and quality of life.
All Construction Services, 945 Industrial Parkway, recently cut down a row of trees exposing part of its business that houses the loading docks to the homes in the Benjamin Farm subdivision.
Residents complained of noise and light pollution from the business throughout the day and night as well as an unpleasant view from their homes. Residents say there is a solution for this issue that might help.
“The city made an industrial business build a mound of dirt with trees on it. I mean, we’re not asking for much,” said Brandon Juszczyk, a resident of Benjamin Farm regarding a similar situation in the past.
No one from All Construction Services was in attendance Monday.
City officials were not able to comment on the issue in case of potential litigation. Another issue that was discussed at Monday’s Council meeting was the problems caused by grass clippings that are blown into the street after people mow.
“People blow their grass when they’re cutting out into the street,” said Councilman Brian Ousley. “There was a motorcycle accident last week on mowed grass.”
Grass clippings can pose a threat to those on motorcycles.
Also, grass clippings can affect residents’ drinking water and the storm sewers.
“People don’t seem realize that when they throw that grass out into the street, it runs down the gutter line into a storm sewer which ends up going back into our drinking water … and plugs up our storm sewer system,” said Ousley. “It’s an issue, I see it all over town.”
At the end of the meeting, City Engineer Matt Jones provided an update on the construction on North Carpenter Road.
“Currently, the intersection (Grafton and North Carpenter) is under construction,” said Jones.
“They’ve finished the first half of that work, now they’re working on the south half. That will result in the intersection being widens with turn lanes in all four directions. That will be done in June roughly.”