Wallingford residents sue town over pear tree removal

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WALLINGFORD — A group of Wallingford residents is suing the town and its Public Works Director over his decision to remove 29 pear trees along North Main Street.

The New Haven Register reports the lawsuit comes a little more than a week after Henry McCully held a public hearing to detail his plans to remove the trees. McCully says they have grown too big to remain in their street-side spaces.

Jared Liu, a spokesman for the plaintiffs, says McCully ignored state laws regarding tree removal.

Town Council Chairman Vinny Cervoni says he isn't convinced the group's claim has legal merit. Liu says the group doesn't expect their lawsuit will be successful.

Town officials were served with legal papers notifying them of the lawsuit Monday. No court date has been set.