Monday, March 25, 2013
No commitment has been provided, however, according to a Glen Rock Gazette report.
Monday, March 25
There still remains a possibility the Borough of Glen Rock plants trees after failing to do so entirely last year, according to an article in the Glen Rock Gazette. According to the article, Glen Rock has probably lost about 1,000 trees in the last decade. Officials are still determining the right places to plant trees and of what type they might be, though the Glen Rock Environmental Committee claims it has identified a large number of feasible spots. Money has been set aside to plant trees in 2013 which might happen late in the year, the article noted. On a related note, the borough also does not have the equipment or manpower to bring down trees identified as potential hazards.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Ridgewood council still working on a policy to address dangers trees pose while keeping the village a "tree city."
The village council continues to mull a new shade tree policy that's sure to generate controversy. On Wednesday night, Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh said the prevailing opinion is it's a poor idea to continue to plant trees in the right of way. Tree roots often struggle to find energy and can rip up sidewalks and streets. (The village will still maintain the existing trees in the right-of-ways.) Newly planted trees would be planted on the inside of the sidewalk, on private property. "It would in most cases be up to the discretion of the homeowner," Walsh said. Only deciduous trees are expected to be approved, and they cannot be planted near wires or infrastructure. Some have strong feelings about planting in the right of way, but forcing …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Requirements would no longer stipulate all homeowners from replanting trees or paying into a "tree fund"
The most controversial element of the village's new shade tree proposal has been removed after considerable resident feedback, Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh said Wednesday night. Originally, Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) had recommended that all homeowners who remove trees from their property either replant the number removed or pay an undisclosed sum into a tree fund for other plantings. Concerns over rights of property owners – and general feedback – has led the committee to "strongly encourage" but not require residents to re-plant, Walsh said. However, the stipulation would apply to developers or those making additions to their homes that requires clear-cutting. The other major elements of the proposed ordinance …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Under the new shade tree proposal presented to the council, the village would also discontinue planting trees in public right-of-ways.
If the preliminary plan goes through, Ridgewood will stop planting trees in the right-of-way while requiring residents who remove their own trees to either replace them or pay into a tree fund. Following months of discussion and now under the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy, the Ridgewood Environmental Advisory Committee (REAC) offered their official recommendations to the council, largely modeled by Hanover's shade tree policy. Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh, the REAC liaison, said under the plan Ridgewood would stop planting trees in the public right-of-way, as Sandy exposed key infrastructure shortcomings. Sidewalks and streets sustained considerable damage since there isn't space for the trees to grow. “We’ve got a real big problem,” she …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Ridgewood's discussion on canopies also featured concern for homeowner back in 2011
A representative of the Glen Rock Shade Tree Advisory Committee presented a plan to the council that would limit homeowners' ability to cut down trees on their property, according to a report in The Glen Rock Gazzette. Citing the need to maintain the borough's tree canopy, Commitee Chair Leslie Kameny presented two options to the council, according to the article. One would require a tree-removal permit as part of the borough's building code before "clear-cutting"; the other would limit the number of healthy trees homeowners could remove within specific time periods. Kameny also pitched the idea that homeowners be required to keep healthy trees on their property for a certain amount of time before they could be cut, the article states. …