To The Daily Sun,
The Laconia Heritage Commission would like to thank the people who have already spoken out in support of the beautiful "monumental" oak tree at 1106 Union Avenue. Once again, Greg Nolan, Cafua Management and Dunkin' Donuts are trying to destroy something historical. Unlike the Hathaway House which was to be preserved under a gentleman's agreement, the final approved site plan for this property specifically states that this tree is to be saved. We urge the Laconia Planning Board and City Council to stick to their guns and not allow this tree to be destroyed. The argument seems to be line of sight coming out of this property. Easily fixed. Make the area by the tree the entrance rather than the exit.
According to Arthur Costonis of the Environmental Defense Fund, this tree just needs some pruning to help with its preservation so it can continue to grace Union Avenue with its beautiful presence for many decades to come. Several steps were outlined by Mr. Costonis, such as removal of the asphalt over the root system and porous cement pavers put in its place. We urge the City Council, Planning Board and Public Works Department to take these steps to preserve this tree, sooner, rather than later, before it is destroyed.
Like the Perley Oak, this monumental oak tree is worth saving to allow it to live out its natural life for all of the city of Laconia to enjoy.
The Laconia Heritage Commission
Pam Clark, Chair
Mary Jane Hoey
Mary Ellen Boudman
Charlie St. Clair
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