Niagara Gazette

July 23, 2013

Falls bringing in outside help to clean up after storms

By Justin Sondel
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Mayor Paul Dyster has issued an emergency order that will allow the city to hire an outside contractor to help the Department of Public Works with tree removal after this weekend's severe storms.

Dyster ordered Dave Kinney, the director of the DPW to "immediately engage the assistance of an outside contractor(s)" to take down any trees that were "disturbed" during the storm and Kinney views as "a threat to public health and safety," according to the emergency order signed by Dyster and Corporation Counsel Craig Johnson on Monday afternoon.

"There are many trees that have been damaged by the severe rain and wind," the mayor said. Dyster, who was out in the storm for several hours Friday, said it was some of the most severe weather he has ever seen.

"I've talked to a number of people who said they've never experienced weather like this before," Dyster said.

Kinney is to direct the outside contractors to perform work up to $75,000, according to Dyster.

Kinney said Taylor Tree Services, a company out of Ripley, will begin work in the city Tuesday morning.

"We managed to get a hold of a company that has done work for us before," Kinney said. Kinney said that many of the old trees in the city are already weak and the weekend storm likely damaged some of them to the point where they might fall after a brisk gust of wind.

"We don't want to take a chance that something is going to happen and these trees are going to come down on their own," Kinney said.