WINDY HILLS TREE BOARD
July 2, 2015
A meeting of the Windy Hills Tree Board was held on Thursday, July 2, 2015, 7:00 P.M. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2501 Rudy Lane.
Members present were: Martha Davis, Chair, Amy Carter, Terese Fister, Marcia Myers, Cheri Silvey-Slusher, and Jodi Smiley. Cathy Thompson was absent. Also present were Mike Hayman, Certified Arborist and City Council Representative Kate Greer.
Minutes: Minutes from May 7, 2015 were approved. No meeting was held in June 2015.
Financial Report: – Balances as of May 31, 2015 (waiting for final June data)
Tree Board Account – $7881.44 Arborist Account – $375
Chairperson Report: – Martha Davis – no report
City of Windy Hills Report: – Kate Greer
Council requests that minutes record votes of WHTB actions and that minutes be sent to council members.
Next newsletter deadline August 10, 2015
Arborist Report: – Mike Hayman – no report
Arbor Day Educational Component at July 4th Picnic –
Kate Greer has prepared a display and informational handout about the Emerald Ash Bore.
Tree Board members are asked to wear WHTB identification and assist with the informational table as needed if they are not otherwise committed during the July 4th event.
2015-2016 Tree Board Work Plan: (attached below)
Work Plan was reviewed and discussed. Cheri Silvey-Slusher moved and Terese Fister seconded approval of the plan to be submitted to the Mayor and City Council. The motion was approved unanimously.
Other: – It was noted that some of the trees planted by the city on Ambridge have been recently topped. The city code enforcer will be asked to contact the responsible resident and work out a solution (either treatment or replacement). Mike Hayman will evaluate the damage to determine whether the trees can be saved.
Board unanimously voted not to meet in August and to move the September meeting.
The next meeting will be Thursday, September 10th.
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 email@example.com. Your approval of these minutes is granted unless the secretary hears otherwise from you.
WINDY HILLS TREE BOARD
FY 2015-16 WORK PLAN
$ 600.00 Arbor Day – April 2016, date to be determined, possibly Sun. April 17, 2016
(Easter March 27, 2016)
(JCPS Spring Break – Sat. April 2-Sun. April 10, 2016)
$ 400.00 Contract with LawnCo to water WHTB trees planted within last two years.
Continue working with Bentwood Place Court Residence Association on Phase II
of entrance landscaping, a three year project.
Continue to add trees in right-of-way along Foeburn Lane approaching Westport Road.
Work with residents to restore canopy by planting trees in the right of way:
In 2015 along Rudy Lane between Highfield Road and Old Stone Lane
In 2016 along Brownsboro Road
In 2017 along Westport Road between Ambridge and Foeburn along the ditch
$ 3,000.00 Arborist Fee
Recommendations to the Mayor and City Council for further enrichment/enhancement of The Windy Hills Green:
Continue to have Windy Hills arborist evaluate maintenance needs.
Remove large viburnum shrubs. No new plantings added there.
Also recommended actions to be taken by the Mayor and City Council:
Have The Plant Kingdom evaluate the condition of the trees along Ambridge Drive and do needed and necessary maintenance, i.e. prune, limb-up lower branches, remove trees in poor or unhealthy condition, remove suckers, etc. (The Plant Kingdom and a City Council Committee developed the original plan and had TPK do the installation. Homeowners agreed to have the trees and would water, mulch, and not damage the trees in front of their house.)
After The Plant Kingdom’s work is complete, have Adam Voglesang apply Round-Up in a two (2) foot area out from the tree trunk to kill the grass before adding mulch.
Continue to have informative articles in the Windy Hills quarterly newsletter.
Develop other means as needed