Ashland Tree Commission
April 4th 2002
Call to Order
- The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Whitall at 5:10 p.m. Commissioners in attendance in alphabetical order included Greg Covey, Bryan Holley, January Jennings, Dan Moore and Bryan Nelson. Also in attendance were Council liaison Cameron Hanson, Parks liaison Donn Todt and staff Robbin Pearce.
Approval of Minutes - Minutes of the March 7, 2002 meeting were approved with corrections.
Welcome Guests - There were no guests.
- Tree Ordinance - John McLaughlin reviewed the newest Tree Protection Draft in detail. January Jennings moved the Tree Commission recommend formal adoption of the Ordinance by the City Council with the submitted revisions. Bryan Nelson seconded. The motion passed unanimously. Mac explained the Final Draft would now go to the Planning Commission on April 9th. The Planning Commission public hearing will remain open until May 14th to address any issues that may arise. At both meetings, the Tree Commission will be the applicant. They will be there as technical support and will be given the option to rebut any argument.
- Other: A) Urban Forester - A position is currently in the proposed Community Development budget. More information will be reported next month. B) Recommended Street Tree List - Bryan Nelson is waiting for corrections to be submitted. January Jennings reported Eric Baron of Valley View Nursery has not received a copy. C) Arbor Week/Month activities - 1) Bike Path cleanup will be April 26th from 9 a.m. until noon. The site is behind the City's Service Center. The work will include weeding, trimming and trash pickup. Environmental high school students and Bike/Ped Commissioners will work together. Education classes may use the project as a chance to review erosion. Watering options will also be reviewed. This will be a prototype of projects for the future. 2) January Jennings distributed 'Think Trees' brochures and stationary cards. 3) Tree of the Year 2002 plaque will be installed Wednesday the 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Liberty & Pennsylvania. 4) Tuesday night at City Council the Tree of the Year (Safeway Deodar Cedars) will be announced and Tree City USA award will be presented by the Oregon Department of Forestry. D) Grant Update - Staff reported the City received one of the four grants it applied for. It is the grant for creating a program to replace trees under powerlines.
- Site Reviews - There were no site reviews this month.
- Other: A) Trees on the Web - Staff reported the photos of 'Tree of the Year - Past & Present' are now on the Web. However, the posters will not be ready until the following week. B) Cameron Hanson will be leaving next month for the Sinai. Council will be appointing a new councilor next week. C) Youth liaisons - Staff report the Mayor proposed youth liaisons to many of the Commissions and Committees. These liaisons would include one High School student and one University student. Staff recommended supporting the positions as non-voting members. Rich Whital moved to fully support the youth liaisons and to encourage the City to support them as full fledged voting members. Greg Covey seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Statement of Account - Staff reported the account is now at zero.
Adjournment - The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.