Ashland Tree Commission
Minutes, August 7, 2003
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at5:07 p.m. by acting Chair January Jennings. Additional commissioners in attendance were Bryan Holley, Bryan Nelson and Fred Stockwell. Liaisons in attendance were Kate Jackson, Council liaison, Donn Todt, Parks liaison and Robbin Pearce , staff.
Approval of Minutes: Minutes for June and July were approved with corrections.
Welcome Guests: Both Jeanne O’Brien and Joyce Woods were in attendance
For the Planning Action 2003-071 (250 Clay Street). However, this planning action was heard in July. Larry Medinger was in attendance for the planning action 2003-096 & 097 (Patterson Street).
1.Heritage Trees – The City attorney is reviewing the documents and should have a response to John McLaughlin for the September meeting.
2. Arbor Week transition – Staff has worked with Ann Seltzer, marketing director to create the following timeline:
Nomination form – September City source
Last mailing will be October 2nd
Deadline for nominations – October 17th
Ballot in the paper – week of October 25th
Review ballots – November 7th
Council annoucement – November 18th
Bryan Holley has worked with the Tidings editor for article(s). A draft article will come from Bryan Holley for commissioner review.
3. Urban Forester – The subcommittee has met. They reviewed Dan Moore’s original draft. The subcommittee will report in September.
4. Education Outreach – Staff recommended making a "tree" article available every month. This idea was tabled until September.
5. Review of Goals – A new goal setting date will be discussed in September.
Kate Jackson; Council liaison – Kate discussed the placeholders for public art in the median island between the library and the fire station and on the corner of Evo’s. Discussion included the proposed landscaping at Evo’s.
Donn Todt; Park’s liaison – Donn reported the Parks has taken over the school grounds. A large amount of work has been done and Donn will regularly report specific issues. Currently the Ash trees on the south side of the middle school are being trimmed and cabled. They are being pruned to make them safe. There is not much money left in the current budget to replace or plant new trees. The school sites will be a good location for fundraisers.
January Jennings – Forest Lands committee liaison – January reported she will attend the monthly Forest Lands committee meetings. January updated the Tree Commission on the history of the Forest Lands Committee and invited other commissioners to attend the Interface Week activities.
Announcements: There were no additional announcements.
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm.