Trees removed from Lyndeborough’s Citizens’ Hall

LYNDEBOROUGH – Stumps are all that are left of the four old pine trees that stood on the bank behind Citizens’ Hall.

Since one of trees broke in De­cember 2008 and caused consid­erable damage to the hall, select­men have discussed having them removed. The trees were removed Dec. 30 by a four-man crew direct­ed by resident Richard Herfurth, who is with Bartlett Tree Experts and had volunteered his expertise.

Selectmen’s assistant Cindi Hasty, whose office window is un­der the trees, said it was an all-day job as branches were chipped while the work progressed. Final cleanup, except for the stumps, was completed the next day. Final disposal of the stumps hasn’t yet been determined.

"It was amazing to watch," Hasty said, noting that she and book­keeper Louise Dwyer tended to move away from the window while the trees were cut.

The trees were estimated at about 100 years old and were con­sidered a safety hazard by the town’s insurance carrier. The cost of the removal was $3,100.

"They never said we had to take them down," Hasty said, although it was strongly suggested.

The chips and logs will be used in town, she said.