WINDY HILLS TREE BOARD
APRIL 16, 2015
A meeting of the Windy Hills Tree Board was held on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2501 Rudy Lane.
Members present were: Martha Davis, Chair, Marcia Myers, Cheri Silvey-Slusher, Jodi Smiley, and Cathy Thompson. Also present was Mike Hayman, Certified Arborist. Amy Carter, Terese Fister and City Council Representative Kate Greer were absent.
Minutes: Minutes from March 12, 2015 were approved.
Financial Report: – Balances as of March 31, 2015
Tree Board Account – $8883.04 Arborist Account – $1125
Chairperson Report – Martha Davis
The Windy Hills Council has made an addition to the Tree Broad Ordinance (Section 5, item C of Ordinance # 2012):
“The City will contribute $100 per tree towards the planting of up to two (2) trees per property, provided that the following conditions are met. The tree(s) must be placed in a right of way, or in a private front or side yard, so the tree(s) can be seen from the street. If a tree is planted in a back yard, it must be a canopy tree that will reach at least 30 feet high at maturity. The tree(s) must be purchased from and planted by the designated nursery with which the City has negotiated a large discount and a guarantee. The nursery gives the discount to the property owner and then deducts the City’s contribution. The property owner pays the nursery a planting fee based on the size of the tree(s) and agrees to take care of the tree(s). After the nursery determines the final cost of the tree considering the sale price, the discount, the City’s contribution, and the planting fee, the property owner will write a check for the resulting amount payable to the City of Windy Hills. The nursery will replace a tree if its dies within a year. The owners may plant the replacement tree themselves or pay the nursery’s planting fee but the replacement tree is not guaranteed.”
The sentence “…For properties backing up to I-264, the tree(s) may be placed in the backyard also…” has been eliminated.
City Of Windy Hills Report – none
Windy Hills newsletter was discussed. Article on tree care appreciated.
Marcia will write an article for the next newsletter describing her experience having a tree assessed by a Certified Arborist qualified with a specialty in hazard tree identification. Since arborist Andrea Hanlon donated time to the Windy Hills Tree Board, members felt it appropriate to highlight her work in this way while educating residents about proactive hazard prevention.
Arborist Report – Mike Hayman –
Two yellow leaf zelkovas have been planted at Westport Road entrance which completes that project. Last fall a ginkgo was planted on Foeburn inside Windy Hills and a second one added this spring. Still working on getting more trees planted on right-of-way near Foeburn Lane entrance. Waiting on resident David Lee to give permission.
Mike Hayman and Cheri Silvey-Slusher will continue to work on getting the remaining 8 trees from the tree lottery to the winners.
Arbor Day – Sunday, April 19, 2015 3:00 P.M.
Members discussed plans and assignments for Arbor Day celebration. All members to arrive by 2 pm. Joyce Brown from the Windy Hills Garden Club will assist with refreshment table. WLKY may cover the event. Brownsboro Hardware will loan tables and The Plant Kingdom has provided Bushmond hand pruners. Cathy Thompson will bake push up cake pops for the children’s give away.
Arbor Day Foundation awards have arrived and will be presented.
Alternative plans were made in light of rain threat in the forecast. If it is raining at 2 pm on Sunday, the celebration will be canceled. Residents to sent a reminder e-mail with this rain plan included.
If event must be canceled, Cathy with place a sign on the banner at the Windy Hills Green. Prize “cake” will be donated to Brownsboro Hardware and Paint. Jodi will pick up Arbor Day signs. An e-mail will be sent to invite residents to enter to win one of the 10 Arbor Day trees.
Next Meeting: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Calvin Presbyterian Church
Respectfully submitted, Marcia Clark Myers, Secretary
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