Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Shade Tree Meeting Minutes 12/01/10

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Morris Plains Shade Tree Commission held on December 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Borough Chambers. Present at roll call were:

Present: Mrs. Margaret Law

Mr. Dave Visscher

Mr. Lloyd Williams, Chairman

Mr. Robert Dubee, Forester

 

Absent: Mr. Donald Salerno

Mr. Lawrence Travaglia

 

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."

 

MINUTES

Mrs. Law moved that the minutes of the November 3, 2010 meeting be approved, seconded by Mr. Visscher. 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.

 

BUDGET

The Commission Secretary advised that after doing a recent purchase order for Cerbo’s, the balance of the budget is: - $1,207.00.

 

Commission members and the Commission Secretary reviewed the current status of the budget as well the costs for some of the work performed in 2010 and discussed new ideas for how best to set up the 2011 budget, with specific attention given to funds allocated to parks and maintenance.

 

Mr. Williams stated he plans to submit a 2011 budget that will be essentially the same as that submitted in 2010 in a total amount of $43,150.00. He suggested that the allocation for parks and maintenance be merged into the funds allocated for tree removal.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

None.

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FORESTER’S REPORT

Mr. Dubee presented his report. He reported that Cerbo did plant trees several weeks ago. There were a number of changes from the original plans.

 

The Commission Secretary advised there were ten street trees purchased and planted. She stated she believes the only tree in question is on Diana Road. She will provide the Commission members with a copy of the purchase order information.

 

Cross discussion about various possible planting locations in the future and how best to keep a record of this information.

 

Mr. Dubee provided details as to what occurred in connection with the Diana Road tree(s).

 

Mrs. Law asked about the guarantee provided by Cerbo regarding the recently planted trees. A response was provided to her by Mr. Dubee.

6 Leland Road – Forester stated that (1) 12"-24" locust tree had a large hanging branch which was dangerous and the tree was pruned.

25 Northview Drive – Forester stated that (1) 12"-24" tree was taken down (no stump). There is a purchase order for this location.

46 Parker Road – Forester stated that this tree is between 44-46 Parker Road and has a few dead branches. He stated that the tree should be placed on Worksheet and observed in the Spring ’11.

53 Burch Drive – Forester stated that there is some fungus growing on the trunk of the tree. He stated that the Tree should be placed on Worksheet and observed in the Spring ’11.

18 Wynwood Road – Forester stated that (1) 12"-24" tree was taken down; stump removal (1) 12"-24" can be placed on worksheet for 2011.

 

APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDERS

The Commission Secretary asked if some of the purchase orders could be approved, such as, 18 Wynwood Road, 6 Leland Road, and 25 Northview Drive.

 

Mrs. Law moved that these purchase orders be approved, seconded by Mr. Visscher. Voice vote. All in favor. Motion carried.

 

OLD BUSINESS

None.

 

NEW BUSINESS

The Commission Secretary provided information concerning 2011 Commission meetings. The first meeting, the reorganization meeting, and is scheduled to be held on January 12, 2011.

 

Mr. Williams asked about this meeting possibly be changed to January 19, 2011 since he may be away on January 12.

 

The Commission Secretary advised she will do what needs to be done to hold the meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 instead of on January 12.

 

The Commission members reviewed the proposed meeting schedule for 2011.

 

The Commission Secretary stated the date for the Arbor Day event will be decided at the Reorganization Meeting; however, it is usually always on the last Friday in April.

 

The Commission Secretary asked if members would like a calendar and also asked about a motion to accept or recommend the budget.

 

Mrs. Law moved that the Commission recommend the budget, seconded by Mr. Visscher. Voice vote. All in favor. Motion carried.

 

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

 

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Karen M. Coffey

Commission Secretary

 

Maureen Sullivan

Recording Secretary

 

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