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May 7, 2012

Minutes

Point Pleasant Beach Shade Tree Commission
Pt. Pleasant Beach Town Hall

Present: Kitty Stillufsen, Peter Renner, Clemens Bremer, Sharon Cadalzo. Absent: Councilman Corbally, Elaine Hennessy, Kim Dietz & Anne Lightburn

1. Approve April minutes...via email.
Green Community Grant: Sharon upated: We have $6,000, for hazard tree inventory on public property. We’d like be sure that pricing is on a full inventory. Sharon to solicit bids, and then moving forward on inventory. Sharon has the formal documentation- needs mayors signature. We will have 2 years to complete it once Mayor signs it. Sharon- can you provide us with a timeline for this grant requirements?
Public outreach: Arbor Day Program at Antrim Elementary School: PPBSTC members who attended: Pete, Clem, Elaine, Sharon & Kim attended. By all accounts a SUCCESS! Well attended by students, parents and teachers. Kim to provide photos.
DOT tree clear cutting on Route 35 - DOT goes out to low bidder, which can be a problem. Kitty to contact Joseph Bennett at State Forestry & DOT, and ask if PPB could have criteria for tree companies doing work in our town. ex: part of the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Line program.
Big Beautiful Tree Program: Pete Updated. Spring planting: 22 trees planted throughout PPBeach, Boro, Bay Head, Mantoloking. Kitty to ask Chefs International to stake trees, and also, at 206 Baltimore. Brian & Leo from R.T. davies- Huge Thanks from PPBSTC, as they singlehandedly, and by hand planted 22 trees. Discussion: Pete has been watering all of these trees- taking him 3-4 hours per watering. If this project is to grow, Kitty suggests we think about a way to relieve Pete of watering. Pete’s concern that volunteers are not necessarily reliable. Kitty indicated need for town to have a full time fundraiser- earing their pay on a sliding scale commission basis. Also, possibly share the costs of a water buffalo with neighboring towns.
Regarding inventory, Rich suggested contacting Charleen @Barnegat for a sampling, they did inventory 8 years ago, using google earth. Kitty to ask Rich to come to one of our meetings to advise on how it's done. (Kitty, want to ask him? )update: if we don’t have to do the inventory ourselves, this is irrelevant. Wait on this: pending more grant updates.
High School Project idea: Find the biggest tree in the municipality, take the measurements and indicate the species. Award a prize for the person locating the biggest tree. Kitty to check the DEP website for more info.
Anne has a treescape for Broadway. Note: we should be using “cusoil” for all our municipal projects. It's more expensive, but not much, it is structural soil that will allow tree roots to grow under the sidewalk without uplifting the sidewalk. note: Pete suggests that it might be worth reviewing our sidewalk ordinance, and make updates to it.
Rich will be holding a County program on trees that our DPW can attend and this will earn us CPEs . Update: they attended it a few years ago, and they “liked it”. Maybe willing tos end someone else this year? Kitty to ask Rich when it is.
Interpretation signs needed at all of the trees we’ve planted - maybe county voctech program can make these. Dara- county votech program. Might have a contact name for us. Kitty or Sharon to follow up. Year planted, Species, PPBSTC Logo.
PayPal update: Pete: paypal will only allow us to transfer $500 a month- unless they have a credit card or SS number attached to the account. Also, Pete noted expensive monthly fees & monthly transfer limit makes Paypal not attractive as a fund collection.
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 & info is available. (Total budget divided by 5200 population). Kitty working w/ State Forester Todd Wyckoff .
New Projects: a. sidewalk pamphlet: Kitty: Done! Group comments needed. Will email to group for comments. (All points printing to donate poster size). Clem: add: large gravel should be put under sidewalks to deter roots from growing up and lifting sidewalk.
Commission status update; As it is the beginning of this year, we will have to do our annual tasks to keep our status, like every year.
Inspection reports: NONE of the following applicants have replanted. Kitty to speak w/ Elaine P. Mrs.P will email to Kitty any letters she sends to homeowners about tree replacement. Kitty noted a trend: All but one of these addresses are East of the Tracks. Will remind Elaine to give homeowners who remove a tree a BBT program brochure.
a. 311 Atlantic Avenue (Mongelli) – not replanted between sidewalk & curb – tree needs to be within STC jurisdiction
b. 305 Philadelphia Avenue (did not remove) – tree was removed, it is evident by the wood curb railings – not replanted. update: a tree was removed, no permit. The official status is that a tree was never removed.
c.319 Washington Avenue (new owners, previous owner removed tree)
d.106 Central Avenue (Lipari) – not replanted
f.509 Trenton Avenue (Bruno) – 3 trees down, not replanted – This permit was denied, fine should be issued.
g.316 Niblick St.(not sure where a tree came out) (Churchill) – not replanted
h.108 Sanborn Avenue (Keeler - removed 9/2011)
i.Atlantic Avenue (O'Donnell - removed 9/2011) – Visible to Sharon, not replanted
j. 31 Parkway (summons issued, removed w/o permit-Ricci, removed 10/28/2011)
16.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.
2 trees removed in front of the former Emmas. Was the property owner fined? – Kitty, please check with Elaine P. We need to let Mike Corbally know that once again PPBSTC not informed. Also important for our group to be in touch with members on the planning board, so that we may interject and offer our opinions as needed. Idea: we should email to members of the planning board whenever a tree is removed . Update: Pete and Anne presented in front of planning board, asked them to inform us about tree removal, and tree replanting. Started a relationship with the planning board.

New Business - Kitty: Formally asked 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. Clem: The savings on paper use could make up for the additional cost of recycled paper. Will seek Councilman Corbally’s advocacy on this.

Pete: seems that the new trees at the Little League Field are not being watered. Kitty to tell Council at next meeting.
Next PPBSTC meeting: Monday, June 4, 2012- 7 pm.


Published June05, 2012 | Shade Tree Committee Minutes | 1391


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