MINUTES

OF THE

CRANBURY TOWNSHIP

SHADE TREE COMMISSION

CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

The regularly scheduled meeting of November 9, 2004 of the Cranbury Township Shade Tree Commission was held in 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, 2004 of this meetings 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, Dave Zebuhr, and Judy Dossin, Chair.

 

MINUTES

The minutes of the June 8, 2004 meeting were reviewed and amended.  Motion to approve made by Norma Swale, second by Dave Zebuhr, with all in favor. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

            Norma stated that Shade Tree Ordinance has no update.

            Judy reported that Arbor Day was a success this year.  A red maple was planted on school property.  Township Committee has asked Judy to work with Tom regarding the tree plantings in the new school parking lot.  Three genera were planted.  The school board had requested that no oak trees be planted due to their acorns and the nuisance that they cause.  

The north side of the school lot has been planned by Brown & Keener and will go before the Township Committee for approval.

            The sycamore near the Cranbury Inn is in the County hands.  Pari is working with the county, but it was reported that it is not the town who will determine if the tree will stay or go.

            Dave reported that of the three saplings planted near the firehouse pump station, one was a snack for a deer; the mulberry and the elm are doing fine.

 

NEW BUSINESS

            The sidewalk replacement program has begun.  It is reported that the contractors are not arborists and it shows when they clip the trees.  They are also careless with their litter or debris.  Water has been collecting in a trench on Cranbury Neck Road.  Maplewood residents had their sidewalks replaced with brick and the look is wonderful.

            It was stated that the Township, when planting trees, plants between the road and sidewalk.  Otherwise, the homeowners get upset when trees are planted on their property.

            Judy stated that the tree ordinance has no enforcement power for a developer to perform an inventory of trees on a wooded area before stripping it of the trees prior to development.  There is no replanting enforcement either.

            The Bacterial Leaf Scorch in Cranbury is in a sad shape.  The past summer has been wet followed by a dry September that has stressed the trees.  Steve of Shearer Penn said that it is hard to assess the scorch due to the stress.  Emily informed everyone that she had her trees injected with a retardant last year and says that she seen a dramatic positive difference this year.

            The Beamer Memorial Tree has been replaced.  This is number three tree. 

 

 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING

There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was there upon 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 November 9, 2004 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, October 11, 2005.

 

 

 

 

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Linda M. Scott, Secretary