Before you know it, it will be Spring, and to your Tree Board members, that of course, means time to think (even more!) about trees! We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our top three priorities for the coming months:
Save the Date for Arbor Day, 2017 This year’s celebration will be Saturday, April 22nd, at 2 PM, at a location to be announced. We hope you will join us to hear Cindi Sullivan, our City Arborist, give us an update on our tree canopy and other tree issues. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions of Cindi and the tree board members.
Would You Like a New Front or Back Yard Tree? If so, email the following information to Mary Mattingly firstname.lastname@example.org
• Your name
• Phone number
• Email address
• Location you think you want a tree—Front, side, or back
• Any thoughts you have on size or type of tree(s) you would prefer
Cindi will then put a flag in your yard where she thinks a tree would work. You have the chance to contact her if you have any concerns. When everything is settled, your yard will be marked for utilities, and the tree will be planted shortly thereafter. If you do not use email, call that information into the city phone line, 491-7777. To get a head start, fill out the Memorandum of Agreement, available below and on our website, retreethepark.com, and mail it to Joe Hinkle, 2605 Hurdle Way, 40220.
Do You Need Maintenance on Your Tree, or Advice About the Health of Your Trees? We still have money left in the funds allocated by the Mayor and City Council for tree maintenance and the removal of dead trees. Here’s the policy and procedure, if you are interested in work in your front, side, or back yard:
You may qualify for a one-time reimbursement of 40%, up to $500, per household, per year, for tree maintenance (pruning, treatment, bracing, etc.) or removal of a dead or dying tree, as long as allocated funds are available. Work must be approved by the city arborist and performed by a qualified, insured, and bonded tree contractor, with a certified arborist on staff. To participate in this program, residents must submit a request to the Tree Board (see above for Mary Mattingly’s email) with your name, address, phone, email, and the work you think needs to be done. The Tree Board will review and approve the applications to participate in the program based upon the arborist’s evaluation and balance of funds allocated to the program. You may pick your own qualified tree service, but here is a list that residents have used recently: List of Tree Maintenance Providers