Ashland Tree Commission
June 7, 2001
Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 5:07 p.m. by Chair Rich Whitall. In addition to the Chair, commissioners present were Bryan Nelson, Bryan Holley and January Jennings. Council liaison Cameron Hanson, Parks Department Donn Todt and staff Robbin Pearce were also in attendance.
Approval of Minutes – Approval of minutes for the month of May was tabled until July.
Welcome Guests – Scott Johnson, City of Ashland Electric Department Operations Superintendent and Eric Barkus, contracted tree trimmer, were present to discuss the City’s Electric Department tree trimming procedure. Eric shared his background and experience. Scott stated complaints are down and compliments are up. Tree Commission recommended:
- looking for grant money to replace trees under power lines
- being sure marketing is proofed
- educating Electric Department as to the permit process for tree removals
- supporting the hiring of a full time arborist to possibly be shared with other departments: public works, cemetery, parks.
- Including the Electric Department in the mailing list for Tree Commission agendas
Rich Whitall moved to have Dan Moore write a letter in support of hiring a certified arborist through the Electric Department. Bryan Holley seconded. The motion was approved unanimously.
- Community Forum – Discussion included: Shall we continue to push forward with a tree ordinance proposal? Summer is a tough time to coordinate schedule, we may need to wait until the Fall. Maybe we should just beef up sanctions for new development and create a heritage tree list. Are we really losing canopy? We need to refine our intent/goals. Should we create restrictions on residential lots or not? What do we really want to accomplish? We need a statement of purpose and a vision statement. Are we and/or should we create equal standards for the city, developers and homeowners? It was agreed commissioners would get their summer schedules to staff to pick a date for a strategic planning session.
B. Other – There was no additional old business at this time
- Site Reviews
1. Planning Action 2001-053 John Fields on Clear Creek Drive – Final Plan approval and Site Review for Phase I of Clear Creek Village. The plan did not specify the four street trees on Hersey west end, interesting variety on plant material, if children are likely to live here beware Saphora japonica are poisonous (also are a problem near bike & walking paths, nice wetlands design.
2. Planning Action 2001-043 Patricia Lorenz was postponed.
B. Other New Business
- Donn Todt reported there were a couple of oak trees at the cemetery that were dying and really won’t recover. Donn recommended removal. There were also a couple of trees that would need limb pruning to avoid creating a hazardous situation.
- Donn Todt also reported he had been asked to look at a couple of trees by the SOU Elderhostel building and he had recommended removal of the fruitless mulberry.
- Staff asked about moving the July meeting from Thursday the 5th to Monday the 9th. Staff will survey all the commissioners and report the results as soon as possible.
Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.