Making sure trees and shrubs remain beautiful and don't become safety hazards now falls to Bruce Pauley.
Pauley, owner of Bruce S. Pauley Tree Care Inc., was appointed as the town's tree warden in a unanimous vote of the Board of Selectmen. Pauley will receive a $6,000 stipend and become responsible for trees and shrubs on town property and that hang over town roads and highways.
Pauley takes over from John Howe, who stepped down from the job last week. Howe will remain as the town's parks director.
"He's got a long history of concern and awareness of trees in town," First Selectman Jeb Walker said.
Pauley said he took the job because caring for trees can do many good things for the town. "Trees are one reason people move to a community," he said. "They add to an environment, and they need to be taken care of."
With the new position, Pauley steps down as a member of the Inland Wetlands Commission. His company will not bid for tree contracts or do any emergency tree work for the town.
The board also voted to hire Almstead Tree Service for nearly $9,200 to remove and prune trees at 11 locations.
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