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April 6 ,2009


Minutes Monthly Meeting PPBSTC
Monday, April 6 ,2009 7:30 pm
Pt.Pleasant Beach Town Hall

1. Attendance & approval of March. minutes.
2.Budget: No money has yet been given for the PPBSTC 2009 budget.
4.Core Classes: Pete, Clemens, Sharon attended a tree tacking class, earning us enough CPE credits (to maintain the status of a commission) for this year. Summary: Critical Hire firm, or have volunteers, but get a survey of the trees on municipal property. Note: With an approved FMP , we would be eligible for a $25,000 state grant. But the council has not yet approved our FMP. Note: members paid for classes themselves, as we do not yet have a budget. In the future, we can pay for classes with a Purchase order.
5.Commission Status: Kitty wrote a letter to council explaining benefits of. Problem: Town attorney sean gertner is not okay with us being a comission. We do not know why, but we plan on asking a toms river lawyer who is very familiar with commissions to speak with Mr.Gertner.
6.Ordinance & FMP & request to be a commission: PPBSTC to be present to answer questions about FMP, and request to be a commission at Caucus session of April 21 council meeting. We will wait until this is voted on before introducing the ordinance.
7.Street Tree List: Kitty recieved a list of viable substitutes from Waterbrook nursury. Omitted one invasive species. Will suggest to residents to call nursuries and ask them about trees on the list, in an effort to create demand. Will provide copies of substitute list upon request. Waterbrook nursuries carries most of them during planting season, making it easier for residents to obtain them.
8.Pete: To compile a list of Tree Committees in other towns on the barrier island.
note: The Brielle STC offers free trees to residents.
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. Chris Rheil gave her okay to create e-commerce/paypal on town website, to make it easier for people to donate. Next step: Sharon to check with with Provident bank (endowment fund bank account)
Donation model: Kitty suggests a tier program: donations may start at $25. Cost of a tree with a plaque at the tree: $700. Sharon provided models from other towns.
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:KT & Clemens met with contractor whose only obligation is to “restore property to its previous condition [before equiptment was staged]. Translations: 4 inches of top soil and 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 contact him and suggest aerating soil and spread wild flower seeds. However,this converstion must be soon, as work is to be completed in 2 months. Pete will draw a diagram.
11. Sharon: County grant: We will apply for 25 trees on arnold ave., using species suggestions from Rich Reenstra. Deadine May 15.
12. Follow-up: Kitty sent a letter to St. Louis homeowners reminding them to replant 2 trees. Also, sent a letter to Joe Lemma suggesting seeking advice of a CTE before removing tree in his front yard. Update: tree has been removed.
13. Gull Island: budgeted for renovations. Prob too late for PPBSTC input, but PPBEC did request water to be installed for planting.
14. 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. KT to clear it with Dr. ravally.
15. 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.
Meeting adjorned at 9:15 pm.

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