Dirt From New School Construction Piles Up Behind Dedham Homes

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

DEDHAM (CBS) – Some Dedham homeowners say the town has turned their paradise into an eyesore.

“I mean it looks like a tornado came through,” says Denise Kresker. She and her husband went away last weekend, and returned to find about 20 trees that lined her backyard cut down to stumps.

Town Administrator William Keegan says a crew hired by the town cut the trees to access a huge pile of debris from construction on a new elementary school and athletic field nearby.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

“If we had our druthers, we would have been a little more selective in terms of the cutting. Perhaps not as much clear cutting would have been done,” he says.

What makes matters even worse, those trees used to block the view of the debris pile for Kresker and some of her neighbors. Now, their backyards look out onto a mountain of dirt.

“Everyone just wants a sanctity to come home to, and we worked really hard to make our yard something that we like to be in, and I don’t want to look at it. I don’t even want to be in it,” says Kresker.

The town administrator says tests show the pile is not contaminated. He says it will eventually be moved, he just doesn’t know when. As for the trees, he says the town will replant. “The town has a policy of going back and replacing for a two-to-one ratio. So if we lose one, we’ll go back and plant two,” says Kresker.


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  • IronManCC

    Whoopee – Must be a real slow news day. So there’s construction going on next door to you – Eventually it will be completed, the dirt will be gone, and trees will be re-planted. Move along, nothing to see here….. ;-)

  • Nosgood4me

    eventually ….. meanwhile the pocket pool club is seen gathered in the all familiar worker group huddle waiting for the coffee schlep to show up . Then its another 45 min with hands on cups … ten more min till lunch !

    But i do have one question…..

    Why is it these new school projects include nice running tracks in athletic field construction and yet these kids still run in the streets for phys ed ???

  • NSTAR hater

    This is so sad, and I feel the pain these families have gone thru. We too have had this happen to us. However NSTAR was to blame. We came home to an Avatar experience of Bulldozers leveling all the 100′ Pine’s and Oak’s behind our house. The land looked like a bomb had gone off literally. We all fought and fought and they did nothing to rectify our concerns. No tree warden, no police, no Town Officals were willing to help us. The big guy wins again..So sorry to these people atleast we dont have a mound of dirt to look at for the next three years. Ours is battle is still happening as I hear chainsaws again behind my house as I am typing.

    • Nosgood4me

      there is no such thing as ” Tree warden” anymore.. if there is their tooling around burning gas not saving trees…… yeah i feel your pain.

  • LynnMa

    Whose property had the trees?? If the trees are on the property of the town, then it’s unfortunate for the homeowners, but what can they do? Was there a zoning process necessary for the town to notify abutting landowners of the work to be done? I know when we were planning to have renovation work done at our home, before it could be permitted, there was a zoning hearing with abutters invited to protest any changes we were making.

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