TREE COMMISSION MINUTES
March 6, 2014
CALL TO ORDER
–Ashland Tree Commission meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on March 6, 2014 in the Siskiyou Room in the Community Development and Engineering Services Building located at 51 Winburn Way, Ashland, Oregon.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
||Carol Voison - ABSENT
||Michael Pina - Staff liaison
||Anne Thayer - Parks liaison - ABSENT
Schmidt motioned, Roland seconded to approve the February 6, 2014 regular meeting minutes and the motion carried unanimously.
WELCOME GUESTS & PUBLIC FORUM
PLANNING ACTION REVIEW
There were no actions to review
Arbor Day Planning - The Commission discussed plans for the upcoming Arbor Day celebration in April at the Ashland Christian Fellowship located at 50 East Hersey. Parks arborist Anne Thayer noted that the three Heritage Birches are on order and are to be delivered by Southern Oregon Tree Service on April 12, 2014.
Council Update - This year, the Council is requesting that all commissions provide an annual report to the Council updating them on the items and business of the year. The Tree Commission’s date is set for March 18, 2014. Our discussions this year will include the 2014 Tree of the Year winner, Arbor Week events scheduled throughout April, and recognition of Ashland as a Tree City USA for the 29th consecutive year. Staff requests that someone from the commission join staff in presenting in front of the Council. Schmidt volunteered his time.
Tree of the Year - City Administrator Dave Kanner provided the Tree Commission a memo discussing the Commission’s anticipated choice for this year’s Tree of the Year winner; a Fremont Cottonwood located at 380 Clay Street. The City is currently in active discussions with the Housing Authority of Jackson County to acquire the property and build affordable units. If the Housing Authority acquires the property, a tree removal request is likely, despite its recognition of Tree of the Year, as preservation of tree would reduce the buildable area by nearly half of the property. After staff had handed out the memo, Commissioner Trunell motioned that the Fremont Cottonwood still be recognized as 2014 Tree of the Year. Roland seconded, all ayes.
Other - The commission once again discussed adding “No Topping” signs to the bottom of our existing Tree City USA signs at the three entryways into Ashland. Staff will again bring this issue up with higher staff and report back once given direction.
Meeting adjourned at 6:56 pm
Respectively submitted by Assistant Planner Michael Piña