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Agenda, Mon. April 2, 2012 7 pm

Pt. Pleasant Beach Town Hall

1. Approve March minutes

Green Community Grant: Sharo to update.

Public outreach/ Notes from Meeting with County forester:
A. Arbor Day Program - ok for Antrim on 4/27- he invites the Mayor, Freeholder, Craig T from County Shade Tree - he does the publicity - school gets seedlings, school gets nicer tree than other schools for hosting - red oak is the state tree - County will plant the tree - Note: called Rich today to ask a question and he has been in contact with Sandy Pasola @Antrim, and he mentioned our program is quite extensive.

B. Per Elaine H county did a tree massacure on Bay Ave during repaving - per Rich, he instructed trees to be pruned back as much as possible and if not possible, to remove

C. DOT tree clear cutting on Route 35 - DOT goes out to low bidder, which can be a problem - note: I addressed this with the State Dept of Forestry, at first they said they weren't aware of, however, it has been determined that they are aware. For more comment, we would have to contact Joseph Bennett at State Forestry.

D. Regarding inventory, Rich suggested contacting Charleen @Barnegat for a sampling, they did inventory 8 years ago, using google earth. Rich could come to one of our meetings to advise on how it's done. (Kitty, want to ask him????)

E. Rich asked if we had a Big Tree List??? (we don't). This is a project that can be done by high school students. Ask them to find the biggest tree in the municipality, take the measurements and indicate the spieces. Award a prize for the person locating the biggest tree. Check the DEP website for more info.

F. When asking about a treescape for Broadway, Rich said they didn't have one, but that we should be using cusoil for all our municipal projects. It's a little more expensive, but not much, it is structural soil that will allow tree roots to grow under the sidewalk without uplifitting the sidewalk.

G. Rich will be holding a County program on trees that our DPW can attend and this will earn us CPEs.

.Arbor Day Event is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at approx 1:30-1:45 PM (date chosen by Antrim).

Interpretation signs needed at all of the trees we’ve planted.

4 PayPal update: Pete

5. Possible donation of Crabapple tree at HSchool, corner of Trenton & bay. Elaine spoke with Davies in memory of Roland Davies; - would the PPBSTC donate a paver? Elaine suggests that the crabapple tree be removed and replaced by a tree donated by Davies. This way crabapples won’t get tossed by students.

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). Kitty working with State Forester Todd Wyckoff on this.

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

10. Inspection reports:

Sharon: 311 Atlantic Avenue (Mongelli) – not replanted between sidewalk & curb – tree needs to be within STC jurisdiction

305 Philadelphia Avenue (did not remove) – tree was removed, it is evident by the wood curb railings – not replanted

Pete: 319 Washington Avenue (new owners, previous owner removed tree)

Elaine: 106 Central Avenue (Lipari) – not replanted

509 Trenton Avenue (Bruno) – 3 trees down, not replanted – This permit was denied, fine should be issued.

Clem: 316 Niblick Street (?, I’m not sure where a tree came out) (Churchill) – not replanted

Kitty: 108 Sanborn Avenue (Keeler - removed 9/2011)

313 Atlantic Avenue (O'Donnell - removed 9/2011) – Visible to Sharon, not replanted

31 Parkway (summons issued, removed w/o permit-Ricci, removed 10/28/2011)

Kitty asked/ will remind Elaine to give homeowners who remove a tree a BBT program brochure. Pete: Please make more pamphlets for Elaine P.

American Liberty Elm: Kim 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. (Plaque- 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.

White Pine at Antrim: Kris spoke w/ head of ground, kitty left him a Voice Message. Kitty spoke with another grounds keeper and left a message with head of grounds in December. – Per S. Pasola, tree planted in back of school due to expected size

12. Recommendation by Councilman Corbally to try to sell the town on trees, drawing of what the streetscape looks like now and what it could look like. Motion to approve of idea, made by Clem B, 2nd by Sharon C, motion carried. Need a visual plan, how do we get this done for free? Mike C to contact Freeholder Lacey.

13. 3 trees removed at Pleasure Park – Elaine C knew they were to come down; town didn’t inform STC when Davies was hired and which trees were involved.

14. STC has 3 trees to donate; perhaps recommendation could be made by Pete R. Maybe 1 in Pleasure Park, 2 somewhere else. STC should hold a ceremony. Big, Beautiful Tree Program: Pete - We have 9 inquiries & 1 check – orders due at the end of March – We will blitz Washington Ave homeowners to try to increase number of trees on that street. Ann suggested that one of these be used to replace the tree damaged during Irene by the War Memorial and that we ask the VFW to participate in a dedication ceremony with us.

15. 2 trees removed in front of the former Emmas. Was the property owner fined? – Kitty, please check with Elaine P

New Business - Kitty: Asking the town to switch to all recycled paper. Also, Kitty to ask Cathy Sogorka for help. Kitty to update. Note: $414 difference if the borough hall switched to recycled paper. Town currently pays: $32.40 per case of paper at Staples. They have 100% recycled paper at $42.74/case. The Clerk’s office has been copying on both sides of the paper for at least 20 years. The Police Department uses paper with a partial recycled content at $36.99/carton. The Building Department uses about 5 cases of paper/year. The Clerk's office buys for the rest of the building, except for the Police, and orders approximately 35 - 40 cases/year. Cases contain 10 reams of paper.

Also worth our pursuit: Paperless agendas for Council, Board of Adjustment & Planning Board. For all Council Members to receive correspondence via email would also save both paper and budget money.

We could seriously cut down on paper use (4 - 5 cases) if the Governing Body would consider going to paperless agendas.

Published April04, 2012 | Shade Tree Committee Agendas | 1339

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