Created: March 29, 2020 03:06 PM
Guilderland town officials issue a cease and desist for any additional cutting of trees on three pieces of property subject to the pending D-E-I-S for a future Costco and new apartments.
Opponents contacted News Channel 13 Thursday, where we found crews cutting down trees in the neighborhood of the planned Costco and Rapp Road apartments.
The stop work order was issued to Syracuse based Crossgates Release Co L-L-C and Pyramid according to the town supervisor to be further reviewed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation and their attorney.
Peter Barber says Pyramid was cutting the trees almost all invasive species based on an arborist's report because of DEC regs barring tree cutting within 5 miles of known long-ear bat habitat.
Adding it’s possible the site isn't even restrictive since its 7 miles from the closest bat cave, but an arborist recommended the cutting prior to April 1st as precaution.
We spoke to the man who physically tried to stop crews.
“I think this is an abomination that they are, you know pushing forward during the time of this pandemic and most people are trying to stay safe at home which is why we didn’t actually have many people come out here because everybody is scared to death of catching something as they should,” said Chairman of the Steering Committee for Guilderland Coalition Steve Wickham.
The town supervisor has expressed his disappointment in unnecessary exposure to a potential serious health risk.
Assemblywoman Pat Fahy also got involved adding she too was blindsided by this.
We've reached out to Pyramid and are waiting to hear back.
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