VILLAGE OF NYACK TREE COMMITTEE
Attending: Marcy Denker, Sandra Baptista, Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
1. NEXT MEETING DATE
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 pm.
2. RECOMMENDATIONS ON TREE ORDINANCE (HOW TO MOVE THIS TO A CONCLUSION?)
a. Tree Ordinance and Permit Application revisions
We reviewed the draft proposal for changes to the tree removal requirements and comments for discussion that were circulated to the Tree Committee by Marcy on September 18. The changes are intended to make the ordinance easier to enforce and understand. The draft proposal removes the role for the Planning Board and Tree Committee in regular evaluations of trees proposed for removal or locations/selections of replacement trees on private property (except as educational guidance that we may decide we can provide). It proposes a 12” DBH as the threshold for specimen tree status. It would allow a property owner to remove any specimen tree after an assessment by a preapproved arborist, unless the tree is dead or a clear hazard of the kind that that the Building Inspector can confirm. The arborist would be required to submit his/her assessment on a form that includes a rating that determines the fee to be paid by the owner into a Tree Fund for public trees. The rating would take the species and condition of the tree into account as well as the size. We discussed some examples of how the procedure would be applied and how the formula would be used to calculate fees for replacement trees. The fees should not be so high that they don’t get enforced, but they should be high enough to make people think twice before removing healthy significant trees. Elijah will make additional revisions to the draft proposal based on our discussion. Marcy will seek further advice from arborists on Thursday, September 22.
b. Illegal Tree Removals
Marcy spoke with Nyack’s Assistant Building Inspector Paul Rozsypal to clarify whether or not a violation can be issued based on a stump and eyewitness report. Paul explained that a stump and eyewitness report are not sufficient to issue a violation; it’s necessary to call the police to the scene as the tree is being removed. Elijah commented that this policy should be changed.
3. TREE PLANTING PROGRAM NEXT PHASE
a. Locations on newly paved streets
Washington St. and other streets have been/will be repaved. These are candidate locations for the next phase of tree planting. Marcy will let us know the locations.
b. Downtown trees
Replacement trees will be planted on Main St. and on Broadway (e.g. in front of M&T and Village Market). The Village can apply for a grant to fund a maintenance program.
c. Sickles Avenue tree
A yellowwood was planted on Sickles Avenue. A resident is concerned about the impact it might have on the sewer line.
d. Neil Robinson
Neil has been planting in the Marina area; the Village Board has told him not to; Mayor Jen White has suggested he work with the Tree Committee.
e. Plan, budget, order
There are plans and a budget to order bare-root trees for the 2017 spring planting.
f. Other funds
No news about the nursery; all is well.
4. LOVE ‘EM AND LEAVE ‘EM AS PART OF RECYCLING AND WASTE COMMITTEE
Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em efforts are being absorbed by the Recycling and Waste Committee.
5. TREE CITY PLAQUE AND SIGNS
One of the plaques will be placed on South Broadway.
6. OUTREACH FOR MEMEBERSHIP
We continue to seek new Tree Committee members.