WINDY HILLS TREE BOARD MINUTES October 20, 2016
A meeting of the Windy Hills Tree Board was held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 P.M at the home of Cheri Silvey-Slusher, 1307 Killiney Place, 40207.
Members present were: Cheri Silvey-Slusher,Jodi Smiley, Ward Wilson, and Marcia Myers. Council Representative Kate Greer and Arborist Caroline Westfall were also present.
The minutes of the August 4, 2016 meeting were approved.
Financial Report:No new financial information was available.
City Council Report –Kate Greer reported that she has pruned some trees that were brought to the Board’s attention.
The City of Windy Hills and Metro Louisville and working together to clear out wooded area on Rudy Lane.
Arborist Caroline Westfall submitted her inventory and assessment of Windy Hills trees in the right-of-way. The Board will review and prioritize. The Board is eager to proceed with identified care and removal issues as budget permits.
Chair’s Report –Cheri Silvey-Slusher reported that she is working on making an application for LGE Plants for the Planet grant funds. The deadline this year is December 1st.
The trees won by residents at the spring Arbor Day event have been ordered and will be distributed to the residents for planting as soon as they arrive.
Possible dates for Arbor Day celebration were discussed. Best spring date near national Arbor Day is Sunday, April 23, 2016. Since tree planting is best delayed until fall, traditional Arbor Day tree lottery could be offered at a fall event instead. Decision tabled for future meeting.
Chair will send a letter to encourage resident to take action about tree issue brought to the attention of the Board.
A 2016-2017 Work Plan and budget for the Tree Board was developed and will be submitted to the City of Windy Hills Council for approval (see proposed Work Plan attached).
The Board has identified that it has focused its mission on planting new trees and for 2017 will focus on the two-fold mission of:
$1· replenishing our tree canopy through the Resident Tree Program and Arbor Day give away
$1· care and maintenance of existing trees through education and action.
Ward Wilson’s report of the project of Tree Board Clarification was postponed to the December meeting.
Membership for 2017 – Marcia Myers, Ward Wilson, and Cheri Silvey-Slusher are in the class of 2016. As Chair Silvey-Slusher is willing to stay on for a one year term, and Ward Wilson is open to serving in a three year term, there will be one vacancy for a three year term beginning in January 2016. Residents will be invited to apply. A new board secretary will be needed in January.
The next meeting will be Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Cheri Silvey-Slusher 1307 Killiney Place 40207.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your approval of these minutes is granted unless the secretary hears otherwise from you.
Windy Hills Tree Board
FY 2016-17 Work Plan
$ 600.00 Arbor Day, date to be determined, possibly Sunday, April 23,2017
(Easter April 16, 2017)
(JCPS Spring Break Sat. April 1 – Sun. April 9, 2017)
$ 400.00 Contract with LawnCo to water WHTB trees planted within last twoyears, if needed.
$ 5,500.00 Finish Bentwood Place entrance, Phase III.
Continue to evaluate and perhaps remove & replace right of waytrees within Windy Hills.
Tree lottery to increase tree canopy on private property, if fundsbecome available.
Continue Windy Hills Horticultural Advisory Group (WHHAG) Resident Tree Program and Maintenance as funds allow.
$ 1,500.00 Arborist Fee
TOTAL BUDGET $ 8,000.00
Continue informative articles in the Windy Hills quarterly newsletter.
Develop other means as needed.
Educational component to Arbor Day.