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May 4, 2009


Monday, May 4,2009 7:30 pm
Pt.Pleasant Beach Town Hall

1. Attendance & approval of April minutes.
2.Budget: update from Kristine
3.Commission Status: Kitty wrote a letter to council & Borough attorney explaining benefits of. PPBSTC to introduce at next council meeting.
6.Ordinance & FMP & request to be a commission: PPBSTC to be present at caucus seesion of May council meeting to answer questions about FMP, and request to be a commission. We will NOT be introducing ordinance at this time.
Kristine, Kitty Sean hennessy, Sean gertner & Elaine Petrillo had a meeting discussing the ordinance , FMP and commission. We discussed probable opposition to the ordinance and made appropriate adjustments. Also, discussed benefits of commission & reason for FMP with B.attorney.
7.Street Tree List: Done!!
8.Pete: To compile a list of Tree Committees in other towns on the barrier island.
8.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)
9. Endowment fund: Kristine to check on lawsuit statusOur#1 issue, as funds will be needed in the near future to replace the many diseased and decayed trees on Arnold Ave., without using town money. Update: Sharon working on a grant from Ocean First Foundation . Press: Ocean Star. Store Stella y Luna offered to display endowment fund info in store. (Stores who accept donations can be reimbursed for crdit card fees).Resident Chris Albers has already donated $500 to spearhead this project. Sharon: update on ecommerce prorgress. Kitty made draft of this project.
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.
10. Rt. 35 North/Bridge landing: Clemens met w/ contractor whose obligated to “restore property to its previous condition [before equiptment was staged]. Translation: 4 inches of top soil & grass seed. Problem: Soil is so compact, it would be like putting topsoil over clay...nothing can grow. Trees may already be compromised. Good News: Contractor is open to suggestions. Clemens to suggest aerating soil & spread wild flower seeds. However,this converstion must be soon, as work is to be completed in 2 months. Pete will draw a diagram. Clemens to provide an update.
11. Sharon: County grant: We will apply for 25 trees on arnold ave., using species suggestions from Rich Reenstra. Deadine May 15.
12. American Liberty Elm: The PPBSTC has been awarded a $950 grant for an american liberty elm. PPBSTC to pay $200 shipping fee, and plant tree w/ ceremony. Boy Scouts to help under professional supervision (maybe Marty Davies, Doug ness, Mark O’Connell). Tree to be planted at HSchool, Bay ave. & Trenton. around May 18th. Dr.Ravally gave okay, DPW to provide Bobcat to unload this large tree. Needed: press release, BScout coordination, and a coordinator. marty Davies generously agreed to remove the exisiting tree at little or no cost (to the PPBSTC).
13. Private resident offered a cherry tree, if we replant. Maybe at antrium school . We don’t have the human resources to dig up, but the DOT can replant it. Kitty to check with antrium.

Published May07, 2009 | Shade Tree Committee Agendas | 788

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