URBAN FORESTRY/CEMETERY ADVISORY COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
TUESDAY, April 28, 2009
I. CALL TO ORDER
PRESENT: Commission Chairman Richard Folk, Commissioners Maxine Miller,
Shelley DeAtley, Deanna Kinziger, Urban Forester Phil Shinn, Council Liaison
Jim Kleeburg, Americorps Volunteer Dustin Hagemann, Staff Liaison Lynn Moss,
and visitor Kathy Roberts
ABSENT: Commissioner Dennis Hastings and Kirk Steadman
II. CONSENT AGENDA
Minutes from March 24, 2009 were approved as written.
III. OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Shinn told the Commission that the Daughters of the American Revolution
had been in touch with him almost a year ago about planting a tree in one of the
City Parks. They along with the Mr. Shinn and the Urban Forestry program
decided that in conjunction with Earth Day and Arbor Month a tree would be
planted at the Veterans Home. Mr. Shinn and Dustin Hagemann were there as
representatives of the City of Lewiston as well as Councilman Jim Kleeburg.
Dustin spoke about the origins of Earth Day, children from Fingerprints School
and Day Care came across Eighth Street. They were welcomed by residents of
the Veterans home. A representative from the Arbor Day Foundation was
present to award Lewiston with there twenty first Arbor Day Award and fifteenth
Arbor Day Growth Award. Councilman Kleeburg accepted the award and read
the Arbor Day Proclamation. Commissioner Folk asked who the representative
from the Arbor Foundation was; his name was Bill Coates from Moscow. There
was a tree planting at Modie Park on Saturday as part of Arbor Day, as there has
been since 1996. An Armstrong Maple was planted in the Ceremonial Tree
Ring. Mr. Shinn said that part of the obligation for the Arbor Day awards is the
Arbor Day celebrations, and that Nez Perce County also had a couple of
different Arbor Day activities with tree plantings in at least four different areas.
The spring planting for 2009 is going to start out at the bridge approach replacing
approximately fifty trees that have died both before and since the walk through
last summer. The tree species selected for the area are fairly tall and lean so
should work for ITD’s purposes. The process for planting on the approach is
fairly complicated with rules and regulations imposed by ITD for everyone’s
safety; engineering has helped with a plan. Ten Zelkovas have been planted in
the Community Park parking lot along with a new drip irrigation system, five
Apollo Maple trees on D Street, and several Legacy trees dispersed throughout
the park system. The trees at the site of the Community Park parking lot were
required by city code to be in compliance with the parking lot shade tree
ordinance. Mr. Shinn and Mr. Moss talked about some of the future plans for the
Park Avenue and 10th Street entrance to the Community Park.
Mr. Shinn talked about the condition of some of our right of way trees under
Avista power lines and what poor shape most of them are in. He read a
brochure in Spokane through Community Canopy about a cooperative program
with Avista that will help with the removal and replacement of some of these
trees. Mr. Shinn and Dustin met with a representative from Avista, he will help
them identify some of the most problematic trees and then help the property
owner remove and replace these trees.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
Mr. Moss shared with the Commission everything he could about the appraisals
on the land owned by the Cemetery and LCSC that have been earmarked for a
possible land trade. The idea has been presented to City Council and it will now
be up to the College and Council to make a decision to move forward or not. Mr.
Moss distributed copies of 2003 survey done by a University of Idaho student,
Amy Fisher, regarding the general public’s opinion on the then current status of
the Normal Hill Cemetery. There was some discussion about that survey and
questions on if it was considered to have some validity today. There was
discussion about implementing a buy back program, reclamation of abandoned
graves, a reduction in the cost of the niches on the outside of the Mausoleum,
and installing light in the Mausoleum. The last item Lynn discussed was
Gretchen Kingsbury’s retirement and how the department might reorganize to
better cover all of the duties she had taken on during her thirty years of
employment with the department. The Cemetery walk through is scheduled for
Tuesday May 19, 2009.
V. PRESENTATION, COMMUNICATIONS, & CORRESPONDENCE
Mr. Moss introduced Kathy Roberts who is a Landscape Architect student from
the University of Idaho and was looking for a senior project. Mr. Moss suggested
that she might take a look at the fifty-five acres currently owned by the College
and see what a Cemetery might look like in that space. Ms. Roberts presented
her senior project to the Commission.
There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting
was adjourned at 7:30 pm.
Linda Rape, Recording Secretary Date