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Clear-cut controversy: Gibraltar residents object to loss of big trees

7:59 AM, Jul. 6, 2013
Emma Sutherland is comforted by her grandmother, Barbara Thurman, at the sight of the fallen trees at their Fish Creek home, 9135 Gibraltar Bluff Road. The town is clear-cutting a 42-foot corridor along town roads over residents' objections.
Emma Sutherland is comforted by her grandmother, Barbara Thurman, at the sight of the fallen trees at their Fish Creek home, 9135 Gibraltar Bluff Road. The town is clear-cutting a 42-foot corridor along town roads over residents' objections.
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At least 70 people packed the Gibraltar Town Hall meeting room Wednesday night, and another 20-30 listened in the hallway to hear the board's reaction to grievances over the destruction of large old trees along country lanes, most recently Gibraltar Bluff Road.

A loosely formed group called "Friends of Gibraltar Town Roads" petitioned and placed "road brushing" on the Town Board agenda for discussion, but it was placed at No. 23 on the published agenda, just above adjournment. The board resisted several speakers' requests, during the Public Input portion of the agenda, to move the road ...

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