Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Checking Trees

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to


Good afternoon,

With all the trees coming around town, I was wondering if the town goes around and checks the trees near wires and equipment so that they don’t fall onto them and disrupt power in the future.

Thank you

Response from Mayor Coles:

That is an excellent question. Actually JCP&L has been doing a periodic tree trimming project in town for a couple of months. You may have seen the low flying helicopters around town recently. The power company hires companies who are certified to trim trees around power lines.

Unfortunately, these powerful storms can cause damage to otherwise healthy trees. Sometimes it is impossible to tell which trees can be felled by heavy winds.

The township does keep an eye out for hazardous trees and will trim or take them down as appropriate. If anyone sees a tree they feel could be a danger please reach out to Public Works and they will check it out.

I hope you and your family are safe.

Take care

Ray Coles



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There are 2 Comments to "Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Checking Trees"

  • Passaic Yid says:

    One thing I have to give the folks in Lakewood credit for is how they check their trees and do the best they possibly can so that the branches or limbs don’t fall on electric wires during storms.

    I have been begging and begging and begging our local officials here for many many years to adopt the same procedure however, unfortunately it has fallen on deaf ears.

    In driving around Passaic and Clifton as well as other nearby towns, it seems that much of the damage could have been avoided with some simple tree trimming.

    I am sure if I suggest that again, it will once again fall on deaf ears.

  • What? says:

    If it’s outside the bounds of township owned property, it should be on the home owners to care for the trees. My tax money shouldn’t go towards your trees on your property. If u think a tree is dangerous cut it down yourself