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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission Meeting Minutes February 11, 2020

 

Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on February 11, 2020 by Andrew Lowry.

Present
Andrew Lowry, Manish Shrimali, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Susan Nashel, Steve McCabe

Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for January 14, 2020 was made by Andrew Lowry, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.

Tree Inventory
On February 19, 2020 the funds needed to accomplish the tree inventory will be finalized by the village council and become available for use.
On February 11, 2020 Andrew Lowry attended the final grant meeting with NJUCF. It was reported to NJUCF what the grant was requested for; the contract for the tree inventory was shown; and all needed signatures were obtained. The village meets all criteria to minimize liability for damage caused by trees – Tree City status, Arbor Day proclamation, and a Shade Tree Commission.
On February 19, 2020 a pre-project meeting will be held with representatives of Civil Solutions and Davey Resource Group to go over specifics of the tree inventory. Steve McCabe, Declan Madden, Nancy Bigos, Matthew Andreula and members of the Shade Tree Commission will be in attendance.

CFMP Annual Accomplishment Report
The annual CFMP report needs the mayor’s signature. Steve McCabe will supply the final numbers needed and obtain the needed signature and village seal. The report will be emailed and a hard copy sent to Michael Martini, NJ DEP.

Arbor Day, Tree City and Earth Day
Susan Nashel has ordered small giveaway items, such as pencils and stickers, from the Arbor Day Foundation. The “eco-warrior” Girl Scouts from the middle schools will be at Earth Day. Colin Milde will again be at Earth Day and will have a tree or two to give away as prizes. There will be two hundred saplings to give away to residents. Bartlett Tree has provided brochures to give away. Correct mulching of trees and shrubs will again be demonstrated.
The Tree City renewal application needs the mayor’s signature.

2018 Plantings

Gator bags, guide straps and stakes need to be removed and pruning done on the trees planted in 2018. Declan Madden needs to be given time to perform these tasks.

Central Business District
Mayor Hache wants to see a plan for the CBD trees. A demonstration project needs to be done to get an idea of the cost and time needed to improve the trees in the CBD.

League of Women Voters
The LWV subcommittee on the environment will send a letter to the village council supporting the capital budget line item for municipal shade trees.

Public Presentation
A proposed topic for a public presentation this fall is “Do your trees pose a risk?”

Somerville School Tree Planting
Each of the three kindergarten classes at Somerville School with be planting trees on the school grounds. Joann Hanrahan has requested that Declan Madden be present at the plantings to ensure that the trees are planted properly and he has agreed.

No-net-loss Policy
A “no-net-loss” policy for trees – a tree planted for every tree removed - needs a resolution from the village council.
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 8:40PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2020
 
Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on January 14, 2020 by Andrew Lowry.
 
Present
Andrew Lowry, Michael Sedon, Melody Corcoran, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Susan Nashel, Steve McCabe, Judith Driver, Bob Upton
 
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for December 10, 2019 was made by Carolyn Jacoby, seconded by Andrew Lowry, and approved by all present.
 
Tree Inventory
All monies for the tree inventory will be available, both the requested $50,000 and the $10,000 from the grant that the village received. The resolution to finalize these funds will be voted on by the village council on Feb 19, 2020.
 
CBD Tree Wells
Soldier bricks have been removed from some CBD tree wells. This has caused other bricks in those wells to become loose. Tree roots need to be air spaded and adventitious roots removed where possible. Currently there is no money to do a tree well demonstration project. Possibly this project could be done this fall.
 
Evaluation of 2019 Tree Planting
Gator bags, guide wires and stakes are still out on the trees and need to be removed.  Declan Madden did structural pruning of the new trees last winter and this pruning should be done again this year. Andrew Lowry will discuss this with Nancy Bigos.
 
Council Presentation
The eco-warrior Girl Scouts from both BF and GW middle schools have been making presentations at the public village council meetings. They are dedicated in their support of trees, especially of the role trees play in combating global warming. They are asking for full funding of the $150,000 line item for tree planting in the capital budget for 2020.
 
Community Forestry Management Program
For the annual CFMP accomplishment report, budget numbers, salaries, monies spent, etc. are needed. Steve McCabe will furnish Manish Shrimali with the required information and Manish will complete the report. The report is due February 15, 2020.

Tree City
For Arbor Day and continuing certification of Ridgewood as a Tree City, a resolution is needed from the mayor and the village council. This is due in February.
 
Public Lecture
A speaker could not be scheduled for this spring so the public educational program will be postponed until September or October. One suggestion for this program was to present the results of the tree inventory to the residents. Included in this presentation would be the value of trees in increasing property values, the benefits of trees in reducing pollution and water runoff, etc. A panel discussion at this presentation to include Declan Madden and members of the STC was also suggested.
 
Earth Day
Colin Milde will again be invited to participate at the STC table. The proper mulching demonstration will be repeated. Two hundred tree whips are planned to be available to be handed out to residents. Fact sheets on Adopt-a-Tree and how to request a tree from the village will be available to hand out. Two tables and a canopy need to be requested for the STC area which will be located with or near the Green Ridgewood tent.
 
Graphics
Stickers need to designed for the gator bags. The information on the stickers needs to include instructions to “please water 2X a week” and an arrow indicating where the opening to add water to the bag is located. Village identification and contact information will also needs to be included.
 
Grants
A list of grants that the village and the STC could apply for needs to be generated. Frank Martini of the NJDEP, Pam Zipse of NJUCF, and Sustainable Jersey are sources of grant information. A project needs to have been identified and ready to go before a particular grant can be applied for.
 
Village Support
A statement is needed from the League of Women Voters supporting full funding of the capital budget items for tree planting and tree inventory.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Guild have expressed interest in the trees in the CBD but they want the village alone to fund the trees and tree wells. Andrew Lowry will contact them about the need for them to be involved.
 
No-net-loss
“No-net-loss of trees” should be made a campaign issue for the upcoming village council election in May. This issue can be raised at candidates’ nights. The candidates could be invited to a joint STC/Green Ridgewood meeting where this topic would be discussed.
 
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:05PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran
 
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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission Meeting Minutes December 10, 2019
 
 
Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on December 10, 2019 by Andrew Lowry.
 
Present
Andrew Lowry, Melody Corcoran, Ian Keller, Carolyn Jacoby, Steve McCabe, Declan Madden, Judith Driver
 
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for November 12, 2019 was made by Andrew Lowry, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.
 
Tree Inventory Status
The quote received from Civil Solutions regarding the tree inventory follows industry standards as to how the inventory will be performed and what attributes will be collected for each tree. Empty viable tree planting locations will also be noted. The field collection will be conducted by Davey Resource Group. The inventory software is user friendly and training will be given in its use to the village employees who will be using it.
There will be a meeting December 19, 2019 concerning the inventory process and use of the $10,000 NJUCF Stewardship grant that has been awarded the village. It would be ideal if the inventory could be done this winter, possibly in February. Chris Rutishauser, Nancy Bigos, Heather Mailander, Declan Madden, Steve McCabe, Andrew Lowry, and Ian Keller have been invited to attend this meeting.
CBD Developer Project Tree Wells
The names of the developers’ representatives that Susan Knudsen spoke to about tree planting guidelines are still not known.
Train Station Structured Soil Planting
The CU Structured soil was received and used to plant two willow oaks in the center planting strip, closest to the train station. One tree was planted in CU soil alone. The other tree was planted in regular soil with the CU soil off to the sides of the rootball.
Ideally, the CU soil should have been put in place under the area covered by the sidewalk before the sidewalk cement was poured. This placement of the CUsoil allows the trees to spread their roots over a much larger area. The information about how to use CU soil had been distributed previously.
2019 Tree Planting
Over one hundred trees were planted this fall. Declan Madden trained the crews that planted these trees. The crews were instructed to remove the wire baskets around the rootballs; the trees should be properly planted this year.
Approximately 25 trees were planted in places not originally designated because some residents did not want trees planted in front of their properties.
2020 Plans and Priorities
     o CFMP accomplishment report – due Jan./Feb.
     o Arbor Day Tree City Certification – picture of tree planting, timely application filing
     o Adopt-a-Tree – continue
     o Earth Day 2020 – plan for event
     o Grant identification and application – village grant writers released
     o STC membership – need to recruit new members
     o Village support – LWV, scouts, schools, Chamber of Commerce, residents
     o Social media – work with Green Ridgewood to get information to residents
     o Line item in capital budget for tree planting - $150,000 requested ($50,000 for tree inventory, remainder for tree planting)
     o “No net loss” commitment from village council – for trees on village streets, parks and Board of Education property
 
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran
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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission

Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2020

Opening

The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:30 PM on March 10, 2020, 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, Manish Shrimali, Mahmoud Hamza.

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes for September 8, 2020, was made by Carolyn Jacoby, seconded by Ian Keller, and approved by all present.

 

New STC Members

Mahmoud Hamza and Justin Halwagy are now members of the Shade Tree Commission. Mike Sedon will contact Steve Freides about being an alternate member of the STC.

 

Tree Inventory

Declan Madden and the tree crew are working on the removal of the 32 hazard trees identified in the inventory. The crew has already removed 11 or 12 hazard trees and will begin necessary pruning next.

Manish Shrimali asked if it would be possible to see the Davey Tree inventory presentation before it is presented to the village council. The STC needs to explain to the council how the inventory will be used as a tool to facilitate tree planting, both resident requests, and to replace/increase street trees. It needs to be explained how the inventory will be utilized going forward. The presentation to the village council may be in December.

Some street trees, such as those on county roads and some others, were not inventoried. Twelve thousand trees were budgeted to be inventoried; 13,105 were actually inventoried. The cost overage was covered by STC funds.

 

Fall 2020 Planting

A pre-planning meeting with the three vendors contracted to do the fall planting will be held on October 14. Packages will be handed out to the vendors containing planting specifics. There are also 30 possible overage planting sites if a particular site is found unsuitable. The planting start date is not yet determined.

Door hangers with care instructions will be left; gator bags will be placed on the trees.

 

2021 Capital Budget

A tree planting budget of $150,000 was recommended for 2021. That amount was reduced to $100,000.

2018-2019 Plantings

Train station trees that have died will be replaced by the vendor.

 

Adopt-a-Trees

The STC is offering to help resolve resident complaints and/or problems with the Adopt-a-Tree program. Also, multiple vendors have complicated the process.

 

Educational Webinars

Carolyn Jacoby has researched many webinars concerning tree-related topics and forwarded this information to the STC members. There are many webinars available and specific recommendations are requested.

 

2021 Objectives

Goals need to be formulated for the next CFMP 5-year plan. Keeping and expanding the village tree canopy is the major objective. Andrew Lowry requested the STC members to send him any objectives before the next meeting.

 

Graydon Elm, Paperbark Maples

Because of inadequate rainfall, the treatments for the Graydon elm are postponed until spring 2021. Approximately $3500 will need to be re-budgeted for 2021 by the village to cover the cost of these treatments which include Dutch elm disease treatment, fertilization, root reinvigoration, etc.

The paperbark maples transplanted to the train station will be treated by Bartlett Tree Experts. The cost of this treatment is approximately $200 and will be funded by the STC trust fund.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM by: Andrew Lowry.

Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran

 

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Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission Meeting Minutes November 12, 2019

Opening
The regular meeting of the Ridgewood Shade Tree Commission was called to order at 7:35PM on November 12, 2019 by Andrew Lowry.
Present
Andrew Lowry, Melody Corcoran, Carolyn Jacoby, Declan Madden, Susan Nashel, Bob Upton (chairman Green Ridgewood), Joanna Hanrahan, Judith Driver
Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes for October 15, 2019 was made by Andrew Lowry, seconded by Carolyn Jacoby, and approved by all present.
 
Tree Inventory
On November 26, 2019 there will be a meeting with Civil Solutions detailing the tree inventory which will be performed by Davey Tree Service. Planning to attend are Declan Madden, Nancy Bigos, Ian Keller, Steve McCabe, Candace Fitzpatrick and, perhaps, Manish Shrimali.
Shade Tree Conference
Declan Madden attended the NJ Shade Tree Federation conference on October 24 and 25, 2019. The most significant information taken away from the conference is the importance of grouping trees; trees communicate with each other through chemicals and need to be located together to allow this communication to occur.
Central Business District
Andrew Lowry attended a council meeting to request funding for trees be put in the engineering budget.
Deputy mayor Susan Knudsen has contacted two of the three developers of the CBD building projects. Susan spoke to them about using structural soil for the street tree plantings at their projects and received a positive response. She is waiting for a response from the third developer.
Evaluation of 2018 Planting
Andrew Lowry randomly inspected 10 trees planted in 2018 and most are alive.
Moynihan LLC Landscaping from Parsippany will be planting the street trees, Adopt-a-Trees, and resident requested trees this fall. One hundred trees are scheduled to be planted. For the first tree planted, Declan Madden will give a tutorial to the tree planting crew to ensure that proper planting technique is followed.
 
Train Station
CU- structural soil will be put in the tree planting strips. Andrew Lowry informed the engineering department that there are local suppliers for this soil.
The species of tree to be planted at the train station has not yet been determined.
Earth Day Expenses, 2020 Events
Susan Nashel was finally reimbursed for the 2019 Earth Day expenses.
The next Earth Day will be on Sunday, April19, 2020.
The next Arbor day will be on Friday, April 24, 2020. A tree needs to be planted in honor of Arbor Day to continue Ridgewood’s status as a Tree City. Application to continue this status needs to be made in February, 2020.
Village Support
Carolyn Jacoby attended the League of Women Voters general meeting. At this meeting, the LWV environmental committee report focused on water and the monitoring of the water for chemical contaminants. Carolyn asked if the committee was looking at trees as an area of concern. As a result of this question, the LWV is setting up a subcommittee on trees.
The LWV voters presents policy issues for public property. The best way to increase resident awareness is to present these policy issues to the village council.
Adjournment
Meeting was adjourned at 9:15PM by: Andrew Lowry.
Minutes submitted by: Melody Corcoran
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