SHADE TREE COMMISSION
CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY
TIME AND PLACE
The regularly scheduled meeting of December 13, 2005 of the Cranbury Township Shade Tree Commission was held was held in Town Hall, at 7:10 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Without a quorum present, Judy Dossin, Chair of the Cranbury Township Shade Tree Commission, called the meeting to order, and Linda M. Scott, acted as Secretary of the meeting.
STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE
Pursuant to the Sunshine Law adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6)was provided on January 4, 2005 of this meetings date, time, place and agenda was mailed to those requesting personal notice, and filed with the Municipal Clerk.
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Norma Swale (7:30pm), John Toscano, and Judy Dossin, Chair.
Due to lack of quorum at the beginning of the meeting, the minutes of the October 11, 2005 could not be approved and will be placed on the February 14, 2006 agenda.
Judy informed everyone in attendance that Dave Zebuhr is not interested to serve on the Shade Tree Commission in 2006. She has been actively seeking interested individuals to replace this vacancy. However, Tom Panconi expressed to Judy that he has a resident who may be interested to serve.
Judy does not wish to serve as Chairperson in 2006. She solicited the Commission for a new Chair.
The Wright South clean up project contract has been awarded. The clean up has not begun as of this date. Tom Witt has been responsible following the progress and contractor.
The Cranbury Inn, while under construction, had two young ginkgos destroyed between the sidewalk and South Main Street. Judy feels that these trees should be replaced. John stated that there is not enough room for the ginkgo root system to grow in the allotted space. He did recommend that a different specie with smaller root system would do well in this area. John will research for a suitable specie.
The east side of South Main Street across from the Presbyterian Church is void of streetscape. It was expressed that this may be acceptable, especially since the homeowners will not provide proper care for the trees.
Judy stated the CHA parcel of land on Maplewood Avenue has been slated for the 3rd round affordable housing criteria. This property, which has the new path entrance, is home to the champion Pawpaw tree as listed in the “Big Trees of NJ” book.
Norma noticed that several small tree plantings have been planted in front of a resident’s property on Old Trenton Road.
Norma spoke with Tom Witt regarding the 100th Birthday Celebration for the Public Library and planting a tree in their honor. She will look for the best visually pleasing spot from the inside of the Library for this tree. There were two suggestions for this planting, an evergreen and a dawn redwood. Another suggestion was made regarding the consideration of statuary. It was felt that the Shade Tree Commission should plant a shade tree.
ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned.
CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY
I, Linda M. Scott, the Undersigned do hereby, certify;
That I am duly elected and acting secretary of the Cranbury Township Shade Tree Commission and,
That the foregoing minutes of the Shade Tree Commission, held on December 13, 2005 consisting of 2 pages, constitute a true and correct copy of the minutes of the said meeting.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribe, my name of said Shade Tree Commission this April 11, 2006
Linda M. Scott, Secretary