VILLAGE OF NYACK TREE COMMITTEE
Attending: Marcy Denker, Sandra Baptista, Chrissy Place, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
1. TWO PENDING TREE REMOVAL APPLICATIONS
We discussed two pending tree removal applications. The Building Dept. requested that Marcy visit the owner at 8 Catherine Street to discuss replacement options and to see a tree that was identified as a black walnut on Midland Ave., as the PB had decided to allow removal pending a confirmation that is was actually a black walnut. Marcy reported that she had gong to both sites and will report back Building Dept. in writing. Both cases were discussed as examples of the ongoing problems with the current ordinance and review process.
2. TREE ORDINANCE AND PERMIT APPLICATION REVISIONS
a. We discussed Elijah’s notes on the Nyack tree ordinance and permit application revisions with Marcy’s comments, including discussion of tree evaluation categories, possible definitions of a significant tree, and reasonable fees for permits to remove trees based on their evaluation category and size (DBH). We’ll continue working on this draft proposal. Chrissy raised the point that it is important to consider cases where applicants who want to remove a significant tree are either taking action or planning to take action to manage stormwater and mitigate environmental impact on site (e.g., converting an impermeable driveway into a permeable one). On the topic of illegal tree removal, we would like clarification on why the Building Department can’t issue a violation based on a stump and witness report. Marcy will look into this issue. Elijah will look into what the Village will need to do to establish a Tree Fund to pay for replacement trees and tree maintenance in the public right of way using the removal fees collected.
b. We reviewed the Draft Arborist Assessment Form.
c. We will review and prepare a response to the recommended Zoning Code revisions in the Comp Plan Update to submit to the Village Board.
3. TREE PLANTING PROGRAM UPDATE
a. DPW has been watering the trees that were planted this spring. In June there was some concern that conditions were very dry and that additional watering might be needed, but since then there has been sufficient rainfall.
b. Ordering: We have yet to decide whether to purchase any trees for planting this fall, but will begin the process of selecting and budgeting for a tree order for next spring in any case.
c. The Tree Committee plans to schedule a visit to the tree nursery at Rockland BOCES in West Nyack.
4. The next meeting is planned for the week of August 14th.