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October 12, 2009

MINUTES

Minutes PPBSTC
Monday, Oct.12,2009 7:30 pm
Point Pleasant Beach Town Hall

1.Approval of Sept. mintues.
2009 Budget: $3750. Sharon is under the impression that this money is already earmarked for ’08 on the FMP. Kitty will clarify with Chris Rhiel. UPDATE: email from Chris Rheil:For the budget, we expended the grant of $3,000.00, and another $1,240.00 to Forestree Consultants that was charged to shade tree. Your current balance in the shade tree account if $106.00. I would be willing to set aside $400.00 out of my admin budget to get you through year end. Chris indicated she would send FMP to State Forester Todd Wycoff for reimbursement of $3,000 .Question: will this $3,000 come to our group?And can we get a shade tree budget from ’08 and ’09? We need a tresurer.
3. Endowment: Can we get paypal on our town website?
C.Rheil responded: Not sure about the legalities of paypal, but will email the borough auditor to see if they have any objections. If allowed, do you know the procedures to set up an account, or should I research same? Sharon has researched and will report.
4..To maintain our status as a commission: we must fulfill 4 requirements:
1 member and 1 borough employee must be “Core Trained”. These people must be actively involved in our town tree programs. We have 2 members CT (clem & sharon), but no borough employees. John Trout (Director of Public Works) to send an employee.
Two or more people representing our town must accrue 8 educational credits annually. (Done: sharon, pete & Clem)
An approved Forestry Management Plan. This plan is a 5 year plan of action for our group.(done)
4. An annual accomplishment report submitted before Feb. 15 of the following year.

4. Tree City USA: We are considering applying for this status, as we already meet most of the eligibility requirements. Problem is that we need to show a per capita expense for trees. Pete suggested that is we add all of money our town spends on trees (public workers hours, etc), we may already meet that per capita expense of about $10,000. Kitty was concerned that recognition was undeserved, and would only result in another metal sign, more wasted paper, and expended energy. and that metal has to be extracted from the earth, increasing our carbon footprint. Clemens pointed out the benefits of being part of a larger group, like grant preference given to tree city usa communities,citizen pride, framework for action & public image.
5.Pete: Compiled a list of Tree Committees in NJ. Is verifying & seeking email contacts.
6.New Projects: a.sidewalk phamplet: To inform residents that sidewalks can & should be shaped around the tree trunk. Kittys working on it. (sharon to help)
Kim to create a public outreach campaign
Cramer ave (Blue Spruce).... Pete to find out what the “right of way” means. permit denied... Orginally, Kitty & Elaine thought this tree was not in our jurisdiction. Kitty vcbcasked Elaine Petrillo to forward an email on her behalf pleading to spare the tree. However, it was decided at this meeting that this this tree is within our jurisdiction. The PPBSTC deemed this tree to be within our jurisdiction. We recommend pruning up. Kitty expressed conflict b/c this homeowner has approval for a modular home. This tree might be terminally damaged from the work, by no fault of the homeowner (based on past cases). In that case the homeowner would have to replace anyway. Others argued that every case is different. Tree damage is the responsibility of the homeowner. Also, others said that the ordinance states we have jurisdiction 25 feet from the center of the street on both sides of the center. Kitty to check this with town engineer & code enforcement. Update: Elaine denied permit as per PPBSTC suggestion. Lawyer representing homeowner asked for the legal definition of a shade tree. Kitty responded, a tree planted primarily for the purpose of providing shade, or any tree that has the potential of producing shade. Is this definition in our ordinance?
Arnold Ave/Endowment program.: Time to start tree removal & replacement. Sharon: working on a grant from Ocean First Foundation . Press: Ocean Star. Store Stella y Luna offered to display endowment fund info. (Stores accepting donations can be reimbursed for credit card fees).Resident Chris Albers donated $500 to spearhead this project.Sharon Cadalzo donated $600. Kitty’s concern is the execution:...once donations are made there must be one person in charge of overseeing that the tree actually get planted & planted correctly. Kitty researched plaque costs.
update: Kitty met with a landscape architect re: cost of a professionally designed tree scape for arnold ave. Approx. $5,000. To reduce this cost Kitty obtained a professional survey of Arnold (done a few years ago by Schoor DePalma Engineering for sidewalk redesign). Kitty and Paul (Point Interiors) inspected each tree on Arnold Ave. and noted any relocation suggestions and accurately marked trees on survey. Kitty’s idea: remove most dangerous trees first. Replant in sections according to financial ability.
Update #2: Kitty spoke with Marty Davies 10/15/09. Plan is to remove and replace 2-6 trees at a time. 1st step: identify trees, select species replacement, gather funds.
Rt. 35 North/Bridge landing update :Clemens:State still working with on the rickover park rehab (Contractor didn’t aerate) and future renovations. Need a long term plan.
Sharon: County grant update: We applied for 25 trees on arnold ave., using species suggestions from Rich Reenstra. No response yet.
American Liberty Elm: Planted! To fufill our grant obligation we will have a dedication ceremony and mount the plaque provided. oct. 29 at 1:30. Kitty left message for HS shop teacher to discuss students building a bench. plaque...kris to contact elaine with measurments to research pricing. update: Stone monument too expensive. Will have to think of alternate base for plaque.
High school: leaning tree... who can straighten it out?borough workers?
New Ordinance: PPBSTC to review before introducing in Jan.’10council meeting.
FMP: Approved by town council. Now we must have it approved by the state.
703? new jersey: did they have a permit to remove tree? They must replace it
204 princeton: removed 2 trees without a permit. Did they replace the tree?PPBSTC wants to see fines issued to anyone who removed a tree without a permit.
Gull island park... the county plans on removing the pin oak and replacing with a toilet! Pete to write a letter opposing this.


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