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Regular Monthly Meeting

Minutes
Thursday, March 07, 2002

Ashland Tree Commission
Minutes, March 7th, 2002

CALL TO ORDER - The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Whitall at 5:05 p.m. Additional commissioners in attendance in alphabetical order were Greg Covey, Bryan Holley, January Jennings, Dan Moore and Bryan Nelson. Parks Department liaison Donn Todt and staff Robbin Pearce were also in attendance.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES - The February minutes were approved with corrections.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Tree Ordinance - Draft 3.0 was reviewed in detail with a number of revisions made as well as a request of staff for a number of clarifications. Staff will forward request for clarification to John McLaughlin, who was unable to attend the meeting. The changes will be made and available for review at the April meeting. Clarifications will be offered via email with John McLaughlin. Additional changes will then be made if necessary. Both Al Alsing and Jack Blackburn shared their concerns. Timeline to date is the next review will be a public hearing at the April Tree Commission. If the Tree Commission recommends approval, the ordinance will go to the Planning Commission as a public hearing in April. If the Planning Commission recommends approval, it will go the City Council in May. Rich will prepare a short presentation outlining the whys and hows. And the following commissioners will be responsible for leading a discussion or answering specific questions about the following areas:
  2. Bryan Nelson

    Heritage & Definitions

    January Jennings

    Regulations & Exemptions

    Dan Moore

    Approval & Permits; Plans Required; Criteria

    Bryan Holley

    Mitigation, Evidence of Violation, Penalties

    Greg Covey

    Tree Protection: Plans, Measures Required

  3. Recommended Street Tree List - Bryan Nelson has completed corrections. Copies will be reviewed by Valley View Nursery, Ray's Garden Center and fellow commissioners. Final draft should be ready for the Council presentation in May.
  4. Siskiyou Redesign Update - Staff asked the Tree Commissioners to review the plans and make recommendations that will be submitted to Public Works.
  5. Street Clearance Ordinance Proposal - Tabled until April.
  6. Helman Street Project - Public Works asked that a subcommittee be formed to establish specs for contractors on similar projects. Greg Covey volunteered to represent the Tree Commission on that committee. Rich Whital will back up Greg.
  7. Other - There was no additional old business.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Site Reviews - none
  2. Tree Permit Reporting for February - There were no tree permits issued for the month of February.
  3. Arbor Week: 1) Tree of the Year Nominations - The Commissioners picked five trees for the 2002 Ballot. They were: Deodar Cedar in the Safeway parking lot, Black Walnut at 248 A Walker Avenue, Eastern Dogwood at 77 Granite Street, Deodar Cedar at 1774 Holmes Avenue and
  4. Website Teaching Post - January reported she will be filling the position. It is a 6 week (start Arbor Day April 23 through May 28) Pathways class on Urban Forestry. It teaches children who works with trees and helps them identify trees. January asked to purchase 10 to use in the classes. Greg Covey seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
  5. Doug Hormel Planting Proposal - Doug wants to encourage the Commission to support tree planting projects in the future. This topic will be discussed more in depth in May.
  6. Mountain Meadows Pruning Issues - Donn Todt shared Mr. & Mrs. Poles from Mountain Meadows subdivision contacted him and asked for direction on how to maintain their trees including pruning. They want to learn the right way. This topic was tabled until April.
  7. Other - 1) Bryan Holley asked that the April agenda include discussion of the future of our Council liaison as well as the need for a replacement of our Planning liaison.

 

 

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