Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Shade Tree Meeting Minutes 01/19/11

Minutes of the Reorganization Meeting of the Morris Plains Shade Tree Commission held on January 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Borough Chambers.  Present at roll call were:

Present:       Mr. Donald Salerno, Vice Chairman

                   Mr. Lawrence Travaglia

                   Mr. Lloyd Williams, Chairman

Absent:        Mrs. Margaret Law

                   Mr. Dave Visscher

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Mr. Williams called the meeting to order.  He stated that adequate notice of this meeting has been posted and published in accordance with Chapter 231 of the Public Law of 1975, “Open Public Meetings Act.” 

NOMINATIONS OF OFFICERS FOR YEAR 2011 NOMINATIONS FOR CHAIRMANMr. Williams stated the first action will be the nomination of a Chairman for 201l.  Mr. Salerno nominated Mr. Lloyd Williams to be Chairman of the Board for the year 2011.  Seconded by Mr. Travaglia.   There being no further nominations, it was moved by Mr. Salerno the nominations be closed.

Roll Call    Yeas:          Mr. Salerno, Mr. Travaglia

Nays:          None

Abstain:         Mr. Williams 

Absent:         Mrs. Law, Mr. Visscher

Motion carried. 

NOMINATION FOR VICE CHAIRMANMr. Williams stated the next order of business is the nomination for Vice Chairman for 2011.  Mr. Williams nominated Mr. Donald Salerno to serve as Vice Chairman for the year 2011, seconded by Mr. Travaglia.  There being no further nominations, it was moved by Mr. Williams the nominations be closed.

Roll Call    Yeas:          Mr. Travaglia, Mr. Williams     

Nays:          None

Abstain:         Mr. Salerno 

Absent:         Mrs. Law, Mr. Visscher

Motion carried.  

NOMINATIONS FOR ARBOR DAY CHAIRMANMr. Williams stated the next order of business is the nomination for Chairman of the Arbor Day Ceremony for 2011.  Mr. Williams moved that Mr. Lawrence Travaglia be Chairman of the Arbor Day Ceremony for the year 2011.  Seconded be Mr. Salerno.  There being no further nominations, it was moved by Mr. Williams the nominations be closed.

Roll Call    Yeas:          Mr. Salerno, Mr. Williams     

Nays:          None

Abstain:     Mr. Travaglia 

Absent:         Mrs. Law, Mr. Visscher

Motion carried. 

Mr. Williams read the Resolution, “Notice of Meetings”, which provides all information relating to the Board’s 2011 meetings, including the meeting to be held in January 2012.  This Resolution is on file in the Board Secretary’s office of the Shade Tree Commission. 

The Resolution is as follows:

RESOLUTION 

      BE IT RESOLVED by the Shade Tree Commission of the Borough of Morris Plains in the County of Morris in the State of New Jersey as follows:

1.      During the year 2011, the regular meetings of the Shade Tree Commission of this Borough shall be held on the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception August, when there will be no meeting; in the months of February, March, November and December at 2:00 P.M. and in the months of April, May, June, July, September and  October at 7:00 P.M. and the January, 2012 meeting will be held on the second Wednesday, at 2:00 P.M. 

2.      All said regular meetings, at which formal action will be taken, will take place in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 531 Speedwell Avenue.

3.      Exact dates of the aforesaid regular meetings in the year 2011 are:  February 2nd,  March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, June 1st, July 6th, September 7th,   October  5th,  November 2nd,  December 7th and January 11th, 2012.

4.      At any meeting where an agenda is to be used, said agenda shall be furnished to all persons in attendance at the meeting. 

5.      All persons are invited to all of the meetings hereinbefore set forth.

6.      The Secretary is directed to post prominently and maintain posted throughout the year upon the Bulletin Board in the Borough Hall Annex a certified copy of this resolution.  In addition, the Secretary is directed to mail forth a certified copy of this resolution for publication to the following:

                   a)   Morris News Bee

                   b)   Morris County Daily Record

Also the secretary shall maintain in his/her file a certified copy of this resolution. 

7.      This resolution is being adopted in order to comply with P.S. 1975 Chapter 231, "Open Public Meetings Act."

8.      This Resolution shall take effect immediately and will be certified by the Commission Secretary,  Karen M. Coffey. 

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Mr. Salerno moved that this Resolution be accepted, seconded by Mr. Travaglia.   

Roll Call    Yeas:          Mr. Salerno, Mr. Travaglia, Mr. Williams      Nays:          None

Absent:          Mrs. Law, Mr. Visscher

Motion carried. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES  Mr. Salerno moved that the Minutes of the Commission’s December 1, 2010 meeting be approved, seconded by Mr. Travaglia.  Voice vote.  All in favor.  Motion carried. 

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

Mr. Williams opened the meeting to the public to speak on matters other than those on the agenda.  Hearing none, he closed this portion of the meeting to the public.   

BUDGETThe budget submitted for 2011 is the same as that submitted for 2010.   

FORESTER’S REPORTThe Forester was not present at this meeting. 

33 Sylvan Drive – by memo the Forester stated that (1) 24”-36” tree needs pruning.

71 Sylvan Drive – by memo the Forester stated that (1) 24”-36” tree needs pruning. 

Commission members reviewed the work projects carried over from 2010.  

Decisions were made to scheduled the following work:   

5  Cutler Road -  (1) 12”-24” prune.  

46  Parker Drive(1) 12”-24” prune.    

6  Valley Stream Drive -  (1) 12”-24” prune.    

3  Wyndwood Road  -  (1) 12”-24” prune.    

Mr. Travaglia moved that purchase order be approved for the six  (6) trees just discussed, seconded by Mr. Salerno.  Voice vote.   All in favor.  Motion carried. 

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Salerno raised the subject of trees/work on Diana Road.  Mr. Williams advised he also spoke with some of the residents on Diana Road about having or not having trees.   A recently planted tree apparently is already growing in wires.  Mr. McDonald does not want a tree.   Mr. Travaglia asked about trees being planted and allowed on easements. The consensus decision was that the tree should be moved and Cerbo’s will be notified about the new location in the spring.  There was also discussion about avoiding, to the extent possible, planting new trees in areas where they are very likely to grow into wires.    

NEW BUSINESS

None 

There being no further business, Mr. Travaglia moved the meeting be adjourned, seconded by Mr. Salerno.  Voice vote.  All in favor.  Motion carried.

Karen M. Coffey                                                                             Commission Secretary 

Maureen Sullivan

Recording Secretary