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Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2021

Opening

The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on June 8, 2021 by Andrew Lowry. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

Present

Andrew Lowry, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Steve McCabe, Mahmoud Hamza, Manish Shrimali

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for May 11, 2021 was made by Andrew Lowry, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.

 

Community Forestry Management Plan

Our 5 year CFMP plan is up for renewal. The next CFMP plan needs to be presented to the village council in September and submitted to NJDEP in December. Ten year plans may now be available. The STC would like to hire Ron Farr again to assist with the plan.  Ron Farr’s fee is $3500. Goals for the plan include planting 350 trees a year, approving a protective tree ordinance, EAB removal, maintaining the tree inventory, and hiring an urban forester. Our village arborist is not well utilized and must perform tasks not directly related to tree care. An urban forester would reduce tree department work by directing the undertaking of preventative actions. Instead of handling problems after they occur, the tree department would be looking out for the welfare of the trees.

 

A motion was made by Ian Keller that the STC should authorize Manish Shrimali to engage Ron Farr to assist with the next CFMP application. Carolyn Jacoby seconded the motion and all present approved. Andrew Lowry will work with Nancy Bigos and Mike Sedon to find the $3500 in funds to engage Ron Farr. Ideally, the needed funds would come from the village tree planting budget.

 

EAB

Treatment of ash trees for emerald ash borer is scheduled to start in early June. The village manager has approved the removal of 90 ash trees. Ian Keller wrote an e-notice explaining EAB and ash tree treatments and removals. Heather Mailander will send this notice to residents. This notice will also be posted on the STC Facebook page.

Newly Planted Tree Care Information to Residents

Nancy Bigos and Dina Kat have sent letters to residents with information about watering newly planted trees. Andrew Lowry has taken on the task of getting stickers to place on the gator bags with information about watering. The sticker will also have an arrow pointing to the fill port which is not always obvious. He plans on having this task completed by July 1.

Tree Plantings

Sixty residents have requested trees. Andrew Lowry will follow-up with Mike Sedon and Chris Ruitishauser about the necessity for the current tree planting bid to include at least two waterings.

 

CBD

The Franklin Avenue renovation may allow for 10-15 trees to be planted. Bump-outs are planned and perhaps will allow for tree wells. Proper tree well design needs to be followed.

 

Grants

Mahmoud Hamza is in contact with Jeannie Johnson who has expertise in grant writing. Andrew Lowry has previously invited Jeannie to STC an meeting. Mahmoud will also invite her to a meeting.

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

 

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

May 11,2021

Opening

The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on May 11, 2021 by Ian Keller. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

Present

Ian Keller, Michael Sedon, Melody Corcoran, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Steve McCabe, Manish Shrimali

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for April 21, 2021 was made by Ian Keller, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.

 

Arbor Day Tree Distribution

Carolyn Jacoby received many requests for trees. The set-up at Graydon and distribution of the trees went smoothly. There were no complaints from the residents.

 

Essential Workers Memorial

The tree dedication at Veteran’s Field on April 30th was well attended and well received. Mahmoud Hamza and family paid for the trees and organized the event. An article on the dedication was published in The Ridgewood News. The trees had been previously planted during the fall 2020 tree planting. The tree dedication was posted on Facebook by Mahmoud Hamza.

2018/2019 Tree Plantings

Nancy Bigos approved the STC plans to work with Declan Madden for a day checking on 2018/2019 tree plantings. Declan is available most days. The plan is to check the plantings in areas B and C for stake and gator bag removal. Andrew Lowry will coordinate this work with Declan and Steve McCabe. The village tree crew can also do this work on a rainy day. The trees planted in 2020 should have their stakes and gator bags removed in 2022.

Heather Mailander, village manager, approves of sending informational postcards to residents about filling the gator bag on trees planted in front of their properties. She did not approve sending postcards to residents inquiring if they would object to having a tree planted in front of their properties.

EAB Recommendations

The village council is going forward with the STC recommendations concerning ash tree treatments and removals.  Ash tree treatments and removals are scheduled to start May 12. A total of 173 ash trees are to be treated and approximately 400 ash trees removed.

An e-blast to residents to inform them about the ash tree removals and treatments will be proposed to the village council.

 

Graydon, Train Station, CBD Trees

Graydon opens in early June. Before Graydon opens, the elm tree needs to be treated and the ash trees removed and/or treated. Bartlett Tree is the likely winner of the bid for this work; the village council will most likely pass this at the May 12 meeting.

 

The elm on the island in Graydon would benefit from an application of fertilizer. One of the paperbark maples at the train station needs extra feeding. Funds from the STC trust fund could possibly be used to pay for these two treatments.

 

Franklin Avenue curbs, etc. are scheduled to be upgraded. After this work is completed, Declan Madden will review possible areas in the CBD where it would be easy to plant trees without the need for tree wells

 

CFMP

Manish Shrimali will check on whether the time table for CFMP plan submissions has been extended due to the pandemic. The next CFMP plan should be presented to the village council in September and needs to be filed in December. Perhaps, Ron Farr can be used again to help with the plan.

To renew the CFMP for the next 5 years, plan goals need to be set, ideally at the June STC meeting. Possible goals are:

  • Complete tree inventory, including county roads
  • Planting another 1000 trees
  • CBD beautification, etc. planning with business owners and building owners
  • Protective tree ordinance covering private property

Grant Opportunities

Using previous wording and boilerplate would make future grant proposals and submissions easier. Updating the tree inventory and assessing the entire village tree canopy are ideas for future grant proposals.

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 8:35PM by: Ian Keller

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

 

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Meeting Minutes

April 13, 2021

Opening

The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on April 13, 2021 by Andrew Lowry. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

Present

Andrew Lowry, Michael Sedon, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Steve McCabe

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for March 9, 2010 was made by Carolyn Jacoby, seconded by Andrew Lowry, and approved by all present.

 

EAB Presentation

An EAB presentation to the village council is tentatively set for April 28th. Andrew Lowry has already sent a final EAB recommendation and treatment cost comparison spreadsheet to Heather Mailander. Mike Sedon will setup a meeting with Heather Mailander and circulate the information to the council members. Instead of a slide presentation in the middle of the public meeting, Ian Keller will reference the EAB information previously given to the council and will address any questions raised. The CFO and village manager are already on board with the recommendations.

 

Ash Trees

Declan Madden said that the pricing on treatment for additional ash trees is pending. If the total cost for the additional treatments is under $17,500, it does not have to go out for bid.

An extra 90 trees need to be removed including trees on Eastern Ct., Abbey Ct., Oak St., and Whithill Rd. Still in the budget is $125,000 for tree removal and $110,00 for tree planting.

 

Grant Applications

It is a New Jersey state requirement that a press release must be made to residents before a grant application is made.

Civil Solutions must be paid in full before the state will release the $10,000 grant the village received for the tree survey.

Fall 2021 Tree Plantings

Possible CBD locations for trees other than tree wells include the Stop and Shop parking lot and the bus terminal. CBD locations need to in the village right of way.

The 2021 tree planting bid includes two fall waterings of the new trees. Chris Ruitishauser will additionally include summer waterings in the bids.

Carolyn Jacoby is coordinating with Dina Kat on the postcards to be sent to residents who had street trees planted last fall. The postcards will have instructions on watering the trees whenever the gator bag is empty.

Andrew Lowry is working on having labels printed for the gator bags with new tree care instructions.

To date this year, twenty to twenty-five residents have requested a street tree.

 

Arbor Day

Over 50 residents have already requested a free tree seedling. The trees will be given out at Graydon on May 1st from 10 am to 12 noon. Because of the good response, a call is into NJ Reforestation requesting more seedlings. The trees will be picked up on April 22nd  by Steve McCabe and delivered to Carolyn Jacoby’s house. Several members of the STC will meet at 2pm on Friday April 30th at Carolyn’s house to prepare the trees for distribution.

 

STC Website

 The village website is not fulfilling the needs of the STC.  The STC needs to explore setting up its own, separate site.

 

Train Overpass Sign

A sign advertising the STC and Arbor Day will be designed by Mary Hefferan of the Parks Department. The sign will be displayed on the train overpass on Franklin Avenue from April 26 to May 2. The $250 cost for the sign will be paid for out of the STC trust fund. The sign will be reusable and can be used again in future years.

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 8:45PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

 

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

March 9, 2021

Opening

The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on March 9, 2021 by Andrew Lowry. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

Present

Andrew Lowry, Michael Sedon, Melody Corcoran, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Steve McCabe, Mahmoud Hamza, Manish Shrimali

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for February 9, 2021 was made by Mike Sedon, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.

 

Capital Budget

The 2021 village capital budget has allocated $110,000 for trees.

 

2018-2019 Tree Plantings

A date will be set up in the next few weeks on a Saturday for members of the Shade Tree Commission to check on trees planted in 2018 and 2019. Andrew Lowry will check with Declan Madden about which tasks need to be performed – stake and water bag removal, mulching, etc. Andrew and Mahmoud Hamzah have volunteered for this project. Manish Shrimali and Mike Sedon would also be available on a Saturday for a few hours.

 

STC Facebook Page

Links to relevant articles will be posted, not the articles themselves. Steve McCabe has before and after pictures of tree work done on Oak Street and South Irving and the clean-up done in Maple Park. Steve will send the pictures to Mahmoud for posting. Street work updates about tree pruning, etc. could also be posted on the Facebook page.

Tree Seedling Handout for Arbor Day

One hundred tree seedlings will be available at the Paramus distribution site on April 22nd between 10am – 2pm. Steve McCabe will pick up the seedlings and deliver them to Carolyn Jacoby’s house. Information about the tree seedling handout will be sent to Nancy Bigos. Residents will be able to request a seedling and pick it up at Graydon on May 1st.

 

Memorial Trees at Veteran’s Field

Mahmoud Hamza generously donated $2000 to plant trees in memory of his mother and father at Veteran’s Field. The memorial plaques are in the Shade Tree Department shop and ready to install. Mahmoud contacted Heather Mailander concerning having an event at the location of the memorial trees to honor first responders. Mike Sedon will work on setting a date for the event. Nancy Bigos and Heather Mailander will be invited.

Mahmoud would like any remaining funds from his donation to go into the STC trust fund. Mike Sedon reminded the STC that any donation to the village over $600 needs to go to the village council for approval. After the donation is approved, the funds are earmarked for use. The STC would request that these funds be used for tree planting.

 

Graydon Elm

Three new quotes are needed for the necessary treatments of the Graydon elm; the vendor quote approved for 2019 cannot be used. $3500 has been approved by the village council for these treatments. Early spring is the best time for this work to be performed.

 

Ash Trees and EAB

Declan Madden inspected 615 village ash trees. He identified 28 trees that should be saved and cross-referenced them with the 25 ash trees the tree inventory identified that should be saved. These trees tend to be smaller and are suitable for treatment. The remainder of the ash trees should be removed.

Declan said that pesticides for the treatment of EAB are restricted use and expensive. Injectable application of the pesticide is better than a soil drench. Treatment would need to be contracted out because the village does not have the necessary equipment to perform pesticide injections. The DBH of the trees to be treated needs to be sent to the vendors to obtain the treatment price because price varies with tree size.

April is the target for treating the 28 ash trees already noted plus ten ash trees at Graydon.

Ian Keller will be making a 5-10 minute presentation on ash trees to the village council covering canopy loss and treatment versus taking trees down. Treatment costs need to be included in the presentation.

$125,000 is requested in the budget for ash tree removal; the removal needs to be out-sourced.

 

Annual Accomplishment Report and Tree City

The AAR for the Community Forestry Management Plan was submitted and accepted. Dina Kat obtained the mayor’s signature for the Tree City application and submitted it.

 

New Tree Plantings

Nancy Bigos and Dina Kat have been sent a template for the information postcards to be mailed to residents before tree are planted at their address. Resident requests for trees will be filled first. Requested trees have been planted in area D; areas B and C are next in the rotation.

Carolyn Jacoby will re-write the tree request form to be posted on the STC website.

 

 

 

Central Business District

The tree well project for the CBD using CU soil is still being worked on. Lisa Simms of the NJ Tree Foundation has agreed to bid on the project. Andrew Lowry got a mason’s $2500 estimate for removing a 30 foot length of concrete along Maple Avenue. Three trees could be planted in that 30 foot space. Total cost of such a project might be $8-10,000.

Declan Madden suggested using a tree service such as Downes to do the entire project. The cost would most likely be less if one vendor did all the work together. Declan will talk to the Downes sales representative.

 

Fall Tree Planting Bid

Two rounds of watering of the new trees needs to be included in the bids. Declan will speak to Chris Rutishauser. Including the cost of watering in the bid will mean a few less trees planted but a better outcome for the new trees.

 

New STC Members

The STC needs new members. Candidates for membership are to contact Mike Sedon.

 

E-notices

Heather Mailander responded to the STC inquiry about possible e-notices concerning trees.  She said that e-notices are reserved for emergencies and important information only.

 

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 9:10 PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

 

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2021

Opening

The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on February 9, 2021 by Andrew Lowry. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

Present

Andrew Lowry, Michael Sedon, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Mahmoud Hamzah

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for January 12, 2021 was made by Ian Keller, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.

 

Tree Inventory Completion

For the 2021 capital budget, $110,000 has been requested for tree planting. The question arose as to whether a portion of this amount could be used to complete the tree inventory. Declan Madden will ask Nancy Bigos if it would be possible to use $10,000 of the $110,000 to complete the tree inventory on county roads and village parkland and to also identify hazard ash trees in the wildscapes.

It may be possible that $125,000 will be included in the capital budget for ash tree removal.

 

Facebook Page

Mahmoud Hamzah has posted items submitted by Carolyn Jacoby on the Shade Tree Commission Facebook page.

 

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

The village manager agreed to giving Declan Madden the time needed to inspect the condition of the village ash trees. To date, Declan has looked at 166 ash trees.  Of that number, approximately 40 young ash trees were determined to be in good shape. Declan will cross-reference these trees with the Davey tree inventory to select which ones should be treated for EAB.

A presentation to the village council on EAB will be scheduled for some time in March. The presentation will include a long-term plan to care for the ash trees and information on how certain ash trees will be chosen for treatment versus those which should be taken down.

 

Tree City, CFMP, Arbor Day, Earth Day

The Tree City application has been filled out and signed. Dina Kat will submit the application next week.

The Annual Accomplishment Report for CFMP has been submitted and accepted.

There will be no Earth Day program this year because of Covid-19. Instead, Carolyn Jacoby is arranging for the distribution of 100 tree whips on May 1, 2021 at the Graydon parking lot.  Scouts will be asked to help with the distribution.

To honor first responders and essential workers, Mahmoud Hamzah had two memorial trees planted at Veteran’s Field. Mahmoud suggested that on Arbor Day an official presentation of these trees and recognition of the honorees could be made at the site. The presentation would also be publicity for the Parks and Shade Tree Department and the Shade Tree Commission. Mahmoud will ask Nancy Bigos if she would approve of this plan; he will also be in touch with Carolyn Jacoby about it.

 

Public Presentation

The Ridgewood library is hosting a series of Zoom presentations on sustainability. Larissa Brooks, librarian, has asked Carolyn Jacoby if the STC would make a presentation for the series. Manish Shrimali’s power point tree inventory presentation and EAB information are possible topics. Declan Madden has agreed to be available to answer questions at the presentation. A tentative date of May 19, at 7pm has been set.

 

Central Business District

Andrew Lowry has been in contact with Lisa Simms and Andrew Hillman to discuss what the STC can or should be doing as “best practices” to improve the condition of the trees in the CBD. Pam Perron, village councilwoman, is very supportive of revitalizing the CBD; she is asking the village to fund a $165,000 “business improvement district.” Andrew will contact her for details about her plan; if her plan involves trees, he may invite her to discuss her plan at an STC meeting.

Graydon Elm and Ash Trees

The Graydon elm was pruned and fed in 2020. However, the planned root invigoration and soil treatment of the elm could not be completed. The $3500 funding earmarked for these treatments in 2020 has been lost. It was suggested that the STC could fund these necessary treatments from the STC trust fund.

Andrew Lowry will write to Nancy Bigos to explore using STC funds for this purpose. Also, at the February 22 council meeting, Mike Sedon will make a pitch for these treatments to be included in the operating budget for 2021. Information about these needed treatments for the elm should be added to any Earth Day release and the planned library presentation.

A request will be made to Nancy Bigos to have the new elm on the island in Graydon fed. Also, the 8-10 inch ash trees at Graydon are infested with EAB. Declan Madden will ask Nancy if those trees can be treated; they are a valuable source of shade.

 

Adjournment

Meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

 

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