SHADE TREE COMMISSION
CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
The regularly scheduled meeting of April 13, 2004 of the Cranbury Township Shade Tree Commission was held was held at Town Hall, at 7:00 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
With 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 7, 2003 of this meeting=s date, time, place and agenda was mailed to those requesting personal notice, and filed with the Municipal Clerk.
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Emily Goodfellow, Norma Swale, John Toscano, Dave Zebuhr and Judy Dossin, Chair.
The minutes of the September 9, 2003 meeting were reviewed and amended. Motion to approve made by Norma Swale, second by John Toscano.
Judy Dossin opened the meeting by stating that in October 2003 members of the Shade Tree made arrangements to drive the town to photograph and note areas that could benefit from a shade tree planting. Unfortunately, no one was present at the arranged time. Within the next few days Emily and Judy drove around performing this task. It was noted that South Main Street is in need of many trees. The information was forwarded to Tom Witt.
Dave inquired to the planting of shade trees for the streetscape in front of homes. Should the homeowner not wish a tree planted, the Township will honor their decision. This is where the Shade Tree Ordinance is lacking. It however, allows up to a certain percentage of trees that can be removed on ones private property.
Owner of the Cranbury Inn, Tom Ingeneri, has received approvals from the town for an addition to this establishment. The county has requested removal of a large and mature sycamore tree, which is a contingency of the addition. This large specimen has been there for a very long time without any memorable vehicle or pedestrian mishaps. John stated that there may be an issue of room for this tree to grow. Roots have uplifted the walk around the area, indicating a crowded state. Judy made a motion for a recommendation that the ST ask the TC to appeal to the county to reconsider its decision. This motion was second by Emily, all in favor. Judy will write a recommendation.
Arbor Day this year will be April 30. Judy asked for suggestions of varieties that would be appropriate for this planting. Suggestions included Blue Theodorus Glaka (evergreen), Autumn Purple Fraxinus (American Ash), American Elm (Princeton) and Sunburst Golden Locust were offered. The location has not been determined as of this date. Judy will call the school and ask for their participation. The second graders always add to the festiveness of the celebration. An added bonus are the parents, who love to see their children participate in the celebration. The Mayor will read the Proclamation. The guest of honor will be decided as the date approaches. Saplings will be handed out at the end of the ceremony. The Cranbury Press should be informed of this event for coverage.
Dave Zebuhr stated that the area near the fire house pump station has been mowed and weed wacked, which has caused damage or even killed the trees that were planted there.
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 April 13, 2003 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, June 9, 2004.
Linda M. Scott, Secretary