CANTON Residents upset that an adjacent property owner clear-cut trees behind their homes said Monday night theyre pleased most of the debris has been removed since last month, when they complained to the village board.
Donald J. Tracy, who owns several acres of land off Ike Noble Drive, has been criticized by several Fairlane Drive homeowners who were upset with him for leaving behind tree stumps, limbs and brush when he cleared the land for a development project.
One of the most vocal critics, Laurie A. Swinwood, 20 Fairlane Drive, said although shes glad that progress is being made on the cleanup, she would like more information about Mr. Tracys development plans and whether he will be planting some new trees.
We wonder what the goal is overall. He has done a lot, but its not done, Mrs. Swinwood said. Most of us had beautiful forests behind us. Now we dont have one tree standing.
Her husband, Richard Swinwood, said he would like to know if Mr. Tracy plans to remove a berm of tree limbs sitting on one side of the property.
Village Code Enforcement Officer Russell B. Lawrence IV said hes been checking on the property, but hasnt discussed with Mr. Tracy the status of his development plans or whether he will be planting trees at some point. Mr. Tracy did not attend the meeting.
He hasnt discussed anything with me, Mr. Lawrence said. Hes showing a good-faith effort to get it achieved. He is getting there.
Village Attorney Gerald J. Ducharme said before starting a development project, Mr. Tracy will be required to submit a site plan. If the project involves a subdivision, the village board would review the proposal. If he is planning a multiple housing project, the village Planning Board would first review the plans.
In other news, the board accepted the resignation of Basil W. Cheney as provisional police chief and approved his return to his sergeants position, effective June 28.
There was no discussion in public session about how the board will handle the police chief vacancy. Mr. Cheney decided to resign from the police chiefs job about a month after being appointed because the $75,000 salary was lower than he was being paid as a sergeant when overtime pay was included.
Following public session, trustees met in executive session but did not take action on the vacant police chief job.
I cant give any answers yet. Everything is up in the air, Mayor David C. Curry said.