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April 4, 2011


Minutes PPBSTC Monday- April 4, 2011, 7:30pm

Pt. Pleasant Beach Town Hall

Minutes prepared by Kitty Stillufsen

Meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm by Chair Kitty Stillufsen. Proper and legal notice was given. Present : Kitty Stillufsen, Sharon Cadalzo, Elaine Hennessy, Clemens Bremer, Nina Sassano, Kim Dietz Kabbel, Council-liason Kristine Tooker. Guest: Anne Lightburn. A quorum was declared.

1.Approved January minutes. There was no meeting in February.

Paypal update: Town has not gotten any funds yet- although we know that Pete has made a paypal payment. Kitty to request it be put on the homepage- in a user friendly format and attractive advertising layout. (Sharon, could you inform the endowment committee?)

New Ordinance update: Unamimous vote to modify exisiting ordinance by asking for a bond. Then, to create the new ordinance we will speak with opposing councilmen. Kitty will email out defeated ordinance to our committee and councilmen and certain members of the public: dave cavagnaro,etc and ask for feedback. Kris to reintroduce. Elaine will also speak with Dave about same. Elaine’s suggestion: post a bond ($400), and trees should be replantd in same districts. Kitty to ask Code Enforcement elaine petrillo to send a memo re: ordinance modification.

Endowment/ Paver project: 11 paver slated to be engrave dand installed, using Wall Sand and Gravel, and Brick monuments. With the sold pavers, and previous donations; this Commission should have about $3,000 in our paver budget. A little confusion arose at town hall b/c Kathy beno (book keeper) was receiving checks for “PPBSTC”, but not specifying BBT program, or paver program, or our general fund. Kitty is trying to clarify with her. Pavers should be getting engraved and installed within the month!

Commission status: Sharon completed and submitted acomplishment report on time to State, as required by law. No word from the State. This year Kim and Clem to go to annual meeting and pick up CEUs. Elaine would also like to go.

Budget: $95... Municipal membership to NJ Shade Tree Federation. $385...2 day seminar hosted by the NJ Shade Tree Federation, plus room and board for 2 PPBSTC members. $3000...Replacement of 30 trees, all on public property, all identified by Certified Tree Experts as hazard trees.$200...Printing costs, using recycled paper .Total 2010 Budget Request:$3680 . I think this includes reimbursement for ’09 conference. Also, I think that we are going to recieve $700 in settlement from a resident who needed to satisfy a Planing Board approval. Pete’s suggestion: request that fines collected be used for our bills.

Email contact info: B/C anything we email on our accounts can be public knowledge, it is prudent for each of us to have a designated email account for PPBSTC business.

7.Tree City USA: We will apply for this status, as we meet most of the eligibility requirements, including a per capita expense for trees (about $10,000, based upon a population of 5200), by adding all monies our town spends on trees (public workers hours, volunteer time etc), Sharon has this information. The per capita expense is within our FMP, so the info is available. (Total budget, divided by 5200 population).

8.New Projects: a.sidewalk pamphlet: Kitty : Done! Group comments needed. Will email to group for comments. (All points printing to donate poster size).

Inspection update: Kitty sent a letter to Elaine Petrillo, re: 607 NJ Ave., asking to NOT consider the miniature Japanese maple as a tree replacement. Update: Elaine is considering it an acceptable replacement. Group voted the Kitty submit a letter to Elaine to reconsider , and validate under ordinance bylaws. Kitty refrained from the vote, but agreed to write the letter. 203 Homestead Avenue - summonses issued. 11 Niblick Street - b/c house is under construction,they have an extension to Spring, 2011. 106 Central Avenue - keep Elaine posted on this one. 204 Princeton Avenue - a letter was sent to this property owner, Mr. Pfifer responded that he did replace the tree in the front yard. He cannot put another tree in or about this area because of water lines and drainage pits. PPBSTC requests that another tree be planted in the same district. There two new trees in the rear yard. 802 Grove Street - a letter was sent advising the owner to replant by December 31st or summonses. Update: has not replanted- should get a summons. The property owner of The Spot was issued a summonses & fined. They have plans to incorporate trees into a new 'green' area in the future. PPBSTC requests follow up. Also, the “green” area was a mandate from their building permit.

Pete might reach out in person to homeowners who have not replanted, and to corganizations to let them know about the BBT program.

Niblick paper street: needs replanting.

NEED: 513 McClean ave- Kitty requested a replacement tree. Elaine P. said the matter was past a reasonable time limit. PPBSTC voted to request a fine be issued, or a tree be replanted. 200 Central (Kitty has not informed Elaine about 200 central yet)

Correspondence: Pete authored a letter in response to Bill Lammers- owner of Brave New World . Mr. Lammers complained about trees uplifting sidewalk and causing structural damge to properties, and creating a hazard. Letter informed him that it is the property owners responsibility to repair sidewalk.

Kitty to ask Elaine to give homeowners who remove a tree a BBT program brochure.

Big, Beautiful Tree Program: Anne provided an update. 12 trees ordered. 2 of which in kind from a business owner. These can be put out for sale at $150 to the first 2 homeowners on NJ ave. (targeting a street w/out trees). Also, this is not a county road- incase that the country rinstates the tree program. Also NJ gets a lot of foot traffic.

American Liberty Elm: Kim & Nina to update. FREC to donate bench tops & backings, need to find pilings, possibly also legs(Approach shop teacher again) Kris-To see that plaque gets mounted to building. (Palque- working on mounting it to wall- Kitty suggested we try and source recycled wood. Group (esp. Kitty and Nina) to work on this. We still need to have an official ceremony.

Busines stimulus fund-Anyone who works to plant trees must fill out a W9 form.

Pete: List of Tree Committees in NJ. Is verifying & seeking email contacts. Update: Sharon to help with mail merge. Kitty will order phamplets

Sharon- Guidestar.com (or org) , can highlight 5 programs on this not-for-profit email with endowment program. Info needed- our mission statement, what we’re looking for (trees donated).

Kim- ppbstc can help the greenteam gain points.

White Pine tree award: Kitty : Only 16 towns in NJ were awarded a Space Shuttle White Pine. The seed of which this tree grew was taken aboard the Space Shuttle, and flown over 1 million miles, at 17,000 miles per hour. It is believed that these were the first seeds to be taken to space and be subjected to the effect of zero gravity. Indeed, the seeds germinated twice their normal rate! The tree will be delivered with a certificate from the astronaut , and will be planted at the Antrium School.

2 trees removed on Bay avenue, South of NJ ave, east side street. in PPBeach. by the county in past 4 months, not replaced.

Tim Lurie, 2nd liason to PPBSTC. Kitty to invite him to next meeting

316 Niblick street removal application: western tree approved,- eastern tree no.

Nina to resign, as she is moving out of town. But pledges to get us a bench- from reused wood, for our Liberty Elm Tree.
Next meeting: Monday, May 2nd.

Published April19, 2011 | Shade Tree Committee Minutes | 1198

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