Twenty-two dead, dying or potentially dangerous trees will come down in the next several weeks following the Board of Selectmen's approval of a nearly $20,000 request by Tree Warden Bruce Pauley.

The money will be used to contract Almstead Tree and Shrub Care Co. of New Rochelle, N.Y., the lowest of three bidders, Pauley said at the meeting.

The tree removal will not include the notorious "Bradford 5" on Main Street, which have not yet gone through the process of price estimates.

The plan does include the removal of three Norway maples around the Power House Performing Arts Center in Waveny Park.

Warren said the trees are leaning severely and in decline, and added that he is worried about potential damage to the building. Pauley said he would like to plant new trees there in the fall or spring.

The request was met with unanimous approval by the Board of Selectman, with Republican Selectman Nick Williams lauding Pauley for his years of work.

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"Nobody cares more about trees, nobody knows more about trees than Bruce," he said.

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