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Oct. 1, 2012


Point Pleasant Beach Shade Tree Commission
Monthly meeting: 7pm, PPB Town Hall

1. Approve September minutes. Grant total: $6,000 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?

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. Update: Kitty emailed J. Bennett-No response yet. Update:8/7/12- still no response. Kitty to ask again.

Festival of the Sea: How’d we do?What can we improve?Group discussion.

Big Beautiful Tree Program: Pete to update

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 oursleves, this is irrelevent. Wait on this: pending more grant updates.

6. email from Rich reenstra: No trees avail from county nursury, not ready to come out of ground, and not appropriate species. We can go and visit.

Arnold Ave. : Kitty to update

High School Project idea: Find the biggest tree in the municipality, take the measurements and indicate the spieces. Award a prize for the person locating the biggest tree. Kitty to update.

9.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 uplifitting the sidewalk. note: Pete suggests that it might be worth reviewing our sidewalk ordinance, and make updates to it. places to check out: Kansas city (they were able to eliminate many street drains by replacing them with rain gardens). Red Bank.

10.Interpretation signs needed at all of the trees we’ve planted - Kitty researed Voctech program to make signs- No, as this is not really part of their training. Kitty called County inmate program - will update. Signs to include: Year planted, Species, PPBSTC Logo. Kitty: maybe ocean boulders/engraved

11.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 .

12. 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 detere roots from growing up and lifting sidewalk. include in pamphlet: how to deter roots from uplifting sidewalk wby sidewalk design.

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. Note: Kitty to remind Elaine to tell homeowners about BBT program, and the trees will be replanted this Fall.

a. 311 Atlantic Avenue (Mongelli) – not replanted between sidewalk & curb – tree needs to be within STC jurisdiction. note: Pete heard from owner if owner could replant in fall , not the Spring. he wasnts to do BBT program.

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.

17. 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.

Kitty discussed forging a relationship with Bayhead Seaweeders Club to discuss their removing and replacing Kwazaan Cherry Trees along Route 35 in Bayhead.

Other business: Mimosa Trees, and fig trees at Joe Leones

Festival of the Sea, Hackberry at Gull Island, Trees at Little Silver lake ,

And Shade Tree Conference

Next PPBSTC meeting: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012- 7 pm.

Published October02, 2012 | Shade Tree Committee Agendas | 1454

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