Greenfield residents suing city over plans to cut down trees for pipeline

Franklin County

Greenfield residents are taking the city to court over plans to take down several trees that line one of the city’s streets. Nearly two dozen Greenfield residents say the city wants to take down trees for the wrong reason.

Twenty-two Greenfield residents filed a complaint after the city announced intentions to remove seven trees on Norwood Street to allow for a natural gas pipeline project. One of those residents, Glen Ayers, told 22News removing the trees to install a new gas pipeline goes against city code. 

“I understand they might need to repair things or dig up holes, and the trees might be in their way, but they should probably just work around the trees as much as possible, and just take down the ones they absolutely need to take down,” Barbara Curzi, a Greenfield resident, told 22News.

Greenfield DPW Director Don Ouellete told 22News, Berkshire Gas will pay the city $200 for every house affected by the pipeline construction project. He said that money will go into a city fund for tree planting.  

A Franklin County Superior Court hearing is scheduled for next Monday on a request for an injunction to stop the tree removal.

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