Tuesday, August 26, 2003 Meeting
Attendees: Evelyn Krueger, Jan Schiff,
David Seymour, Deborah Fraleigh, Christina Staubi, Mark Meritt, Jen Norris.
Open the Meeting:
- The meeting was called to order by
David Seymour at 7:02 p.m.
Minutes of Last Meeting:
- The minutes from the July 29, 2003,
meeting were accepted with no changes required.
Fundraising Committee (Evelyn Krueger)
- Nothing new was reported.
Greens Committee (Evelyn Krueger)
- The Greens Committee needs to meet to
finalize plans for the fall planting.
- The sites have been selected for 27
- Sites for memorial trees (Ferris,
Carr, and Knobloch) need to be finalized.
- Sites for trees requested through
private donations need to be finalized.
- Need to order the trees and
determine the date that they will be planted.
- There will be 2 memorial trees planted
at the Elmendorf. We are currently working with the archeologist to
select the sites for these trees. It is likely that these trees will not
be planted until the spring.
- The Village Planning Committee
requested that the Village Green review the following sites for the
potential of planting trees:
- Purple Victorian on Old Post Road.
This site does not require any new trees.
- Jane Knobloch’s property. A small
tree will be planted here.
- Briffa property. Two trees will be
- One of the trees that was planted in
front of the liquor store has died, to make a total of 4 trees that have
not survived. David Seymour reported that Karen Cadorette is
coordinating (through Adams) replacing any tree that does not survive
the first season. A to-do item has been opened to establish a procedure
for discovering dead trees and replacing them.
- The Highway Department has requested
that any trees planted on residential property be cared for by the home
owner, as they do not have time or resources to do so. The Village Green
needs to contact the home owners who have had trees planted on their
properties to inform them of this new development. A suggestion was made
that we create a flyer with instructions on how to care for your new
tree. A to-do item has been opened to track this.
- People from Cornell University will be
arriving on 9/12 to conduct a street inventory of our trees on 9/13.
Brenda Cagle is coordinating this effort. There was discussion about how
this inventory will be maintained and who will do it. A to-do item has
- Evelyn Krueger asked the Village Green
to review a draft of the application for a commemorative tree and a
draft of a proposed web page to publicize commemorative trees. Initial
comments suggested that we itemize on the application $50 for planting
the tree and $50 for an optional engraved bluestone plaque. It was also
suggested that we state the costs of individual trees will vary
depending on the season and the type of tree selected. Additional
comments should be directed to Evelyn.
Media Committee (Mark Meritt)
- Need a blurb for the quarterly water
bill. Please contact Mark with suggestions within the next couple of
- A suggestion was made to request
donations to help cover the cost of cabling/pruning a number of trees
in the village that were identified by New York State as needing to be
cut down. See the New Business section below for details.
- Mark also mentioned that we should try
to get our community and fundraising events posted in About Town. A
to-do has been opened for Mark to get the deadlines for posting items to
Outreach Committee (Deborah Fraleigh)
- Deborah will be speaking with the
elementary school principal regarding the feasibility of creating a
compost pile at the school.
- She will also be presenting ideas for
involving the 3rd graders with Village Green activities to the other 3rd
grade teachers and getting back to us with the results.
- Deborah asked if it was possible to
move the date for Arbor Day to the weekend before Memorial Day so that
the flower gardens and flower barrels can be planted by the school
children on Arbor Day.
- David Seymour suggested that people
can dress up as trees and visit the elementary students to get them
excited about Arbor Day.
- Still need to take a digital picture
of the proposed Village Hall site plan. Christina Staubi or Jen Norris
will take care of this before the next general meeting.
- New York State has identified a number
of trees that need to be taken down in the village. David Seymour has
been working with an arborist to determine if we can save any of them.
They determined that we can delay cutting down a number of them for 5-10
years by cabling and pruning. David received a bid of approximately
$1900.00 to complete this work. David motioned that we move forward with
these plans. Evelyn Krueger seconded the motion.
- Evelyn contacted Central Hudson and
learned that if they need to cut down a healthy tree due to power lines,
they will help the Village Green with the cost of replacing the tree.
Central Hudson wants to meet with Evelyn and David to discuss future
work that needs to be done in Red Hook
- Tuesday, September 30th, at 7pm in the
Motion to Close Meeting:
- The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.