Tree Board Minutes December 3, 2015

MINUTES December 3, 2015

A meeting of the Windy Hills Tree Board was held on Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:00 P.M. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2501 Rudy Lane.

Members present were: Martha Davis, Chair, Marcia Myers, Cheri Silvey-Slusher, Cathy Thompson, Jodi Smiley, and new member Ward Wilson. Also present were City Council Representative Kate Greer and Certified Arborist Mike Hayman.

New member Ward Wilson was welcomed and introductions were made.

Minutes: Minutes from November 5, 2015 were approved with one change to clarify that Mike Hayman will remain in his role as arborist for the Windy Hills Green.

Financial Report: Not yet available for this month.

Chairperson Report: – Martha Davis -
LawnCo invoice for tree watering was paid.
Projects proceeding well (see below).

City of Windy Hills Report: – Kate Greer
No report since Council has not yet met for this month.
February 26th is the deadline for the next newsletter.

Arborist Report: - Mike Hayman
Rudy Lane trees have been dug and are ready for planting by mid-December.
Bentwood Place Court – dogwood may be replaced with a redbud.
On The Green – Two declining water maples were removed from the Green and will be replaced by Wireless Zelkovas, horizontal growing trees.
Ambridge Drive maintenance project not yet complete.

Updates on Work Plan Projects: –
Indian Ridge Road, Kitty Hawk Way, and Bon Fire Way project proceeding rapidly. Andy Smart from the Plant Kingdom has called those who have asked for trees, met with some and inserted stake markers. Planting scheduled within this week. E-mail addresses will be gathered from residents receiving trees in order for timely tree care reminders to be sent to them during the next year.

LG&E Plant for the Planet Grant: Cheri Silvey-Slusher and Kate Greer completed the 30 page grant application, mailing it on November 24 to meet the December 1st deadline. Jodi Smiley's tree map of Windy Hills, the Master Tree list and photos were elements of the applications. Awards will be announced in March. If the grant is received, funds will be freed up to allow the WHTB to increase spending on the maintenance of trees and move up new areas of The Work Plan.

New Leadership and Responsibilities: – Cheri Silvey-Slusher accepted the nomination as Chair of the Windy Hills Tree Board for the next year and was approved unanimously by board members. Other responsibilities will be shared. Outgoing Chair Martha Davis will work with Cathy Thompson on the Tree City USA application. Cathy Thompson will lead Arbor Day celebrations. Amy Carter will continue as liaison with LawnCo. New member Shaun Danahy will maintain financial records and provide reports. Marcia Myers will continue as WHTB secretary.

The commitment and contributions of Mike Hayman, Arborist, and Martha Davis, outgoing Chair, were celebrated as they complete their service.

The next meeting will be Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m.

If any member sees a discrepancy between the minutes and what occurred or sees a need for corrections or additions, e-mail Secretary Marcia Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your approval of these minutes is granted unless the secretary hears otherwise from you.