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Smithtown to resume variance hearing for tree-removal company

A public hearing on a Smithtown tree-removal company’s request for zoning variances is scheduled to resume at 7 p.m. today during a town Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, at the town senior center, 420 Middle Country Rd.

Reliable Tree Service, of West Jericho Turnpike, is asking the board for permission to have a trucking station and to waive town standards for landscaping, outdoor storage and buffers.

The board last month adjourned a public hearing on the application because board members needed additional information.

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At the hearing, neighbors complained that the company had stored vehicles on its property in violation of zoning regulations.

Chairwoman Adrienne Giannadeo had recused herself from the hearing and a future vote on the request because Reliable had worked at her home about a decade ago.

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said the firm earlier this year had submitted the low bid for a town tree-removal contract. The town board rejected the bid because the company was suspected of violating zoning ordinances, Vecchio said.

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