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September 21, 2009


Minutes PPBSTC
Monday, Sept. 21,2009 7:30 pm
Point Pleasant Beach Town Hall

Meeting was called to order at 7:25pm by Chairwoman Kitty Philipp. Proper and legal notice was given. Present: Kitty Philipp (and Olive Hunt), Elaine Hennessy, Clemens Bremer , Sharon Cadalzo, Kim Dietz-Kabbel, Pete Renner & Council Liason Kristine Tooker

1.June minutes were not written. note: the last PPBSTC meeting was June’09.

2. 2009 Budget: $3750. Sharon is under the impression that this money is already earmarked for ’08 on the FMP. Kitty will clarify with Kris Rhiel. PPBSTC is concerned b/c we need money for core training and educational courses, and pamphlet printing costs.

3.To maintain our status as a commission: we must fulfill 4 requirements:
1. 1 member and 1 borough employee must be “Core Trained”. These people must be actively involved in our town tree programs. We have 2 members CT (clem & sharon), but no borough employees. Kitty to ask John Trout (Director of Public Works) to send an employee. Clem suggested other members get core trained as well.
Two or more people representing our town must accrue 8 educational credits annually. (Done: sharon, pete & Clem)
An approved Forestry Management Plan. This plan is a 5 year plan of action for our group.(done) 4. An annual accomplishment report submitted before Feb. 15 of the following year.
Kitty to discuss with Kris Rhiel: 1. Current status of our budget, and if funds are indeed earmarked for the FMP. 2. Ask Kris to send FMP to State Forester Todd Wycoff for reimbursement of $3,000 3., Ask Kris to ask John Trout to send an employee to get Core Trained. 4. Can we get paypal on our town website?

4. Tree City USA: We are considering applying for status as a tree city usa. Clemens said the benefits would be having our group as part of a long recognized program endorsing the benefits of trees. Problem is that we need to show a per capita expense for trees. Kitty was concerned that recognition was pointless, and would only result in another metal sign and that metal has to be extracted from the earth and that would be countering our point as an eco-group. Clemens pointed out the benefits of being part of a larger group.

4.Pete: To compile a list of Tree Committees in other towns on the barrier island.

6.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)
Kim to create a public outreach campaign
Endowment fund: Pamphlet completed! Kitty to research getting paypal on the town website
cramer ave (Blue Spruce).... permit denied... Orginally, Kitty & Elaine thought this tree was not in our jurisdiction. Kitty asked Elaine Petrillo to forward an email on her behalf pleading to spare the tree. However, it was decided at this meeting that this this tree is within our jurisdiction. The PPBSTC deemed this tree to be within our jurisdiction. We recommend pruning up. Kitty expressed conflict b/c this homeowner has approval for a modular home. This tree might be terminally damaged from the work, by no fault of the homeowner (based on past cases). In that case the homeowner would have to replace anyway. Others argued that every case is different. Tree damage is the responsibility of the homeowner. Also, others said that the ordinance states we have jurisdiction 25 feet from the center of the street on both sides of the center. Kitty to check this with town engineer & code enforecement.
Arnold Ave.: Time to start tree removal & replacement. 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.Kitty’s concern is the execution of the program...once donations are made there must be one person in charge of overseeing that the tree actually get planted & planted correctly. Kitty researched plaque costs.
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.
Rt. 35 North/Bridge landing: Clemens : State still working with us on the rickover park rehab. Contractor did not aerate. We are workin towards a long term plan.
Sharon: County grant update: We applied for 25 trees on arnold ave., using species suggestions from Rich Reenstra. No response yet.
American Liberty Elm: Planted! To fufill our grant obligation we will have a dedication ceremony and mount the plaque provided. oct. 29 at 1:30.
Ordinance: PPBSTC to review before introducing. We intend on intorducing this at the jan. meeting.
FMP: Approved! (Forestry Management Plan... this is part of our requirement to be a commission).Thanks to kristine for answering questions from council.

703? new jersey: did they have a permit to remove tree?
204 princeton: removed tree without a permit. Did they replace the tree?

Published October22, 2009 | Shade Tree Committee Minutes | 886

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