Tree board reviews tree sale

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Sidney Tree Board discussed the city’s 2017 tree sale and possibilities for the 2018 sale at its December meeting.

According to board minutes, the tree species offered in tree sale was so well received it was suggested offering the same during the 2018 sale. The board is considering setting an earlier due date for orders for next year’s sale so that trees can be distributed at an earlier date. Also next year, it was noted the distribution location will be changed because the city’s new salt dome, where trees were stored until distribution, will be fully constructed and storing salt, leaving no place for next year’s trees.

Joyce Reier, public works administrative assistant, reported 28 trees were planted in the extended downtown business district and on Michigan Street.

The board discussed three remaining private properties with hazardous trees. Property owners have been sent a second notice about the trees. Two property owners’ deadline is Jan. 2, 2018, and the other’s deadline is Feb. 6, 2018.

The scheduled board appearance of Community Services Director Barbara Dulworth was rescheduled for the April 2018 meeting. The board plans to discuss new housing developments’ specifications on tree planting with Dulworth and wanted all members of the tree board to be present. Chairperson Ann Asher will be absent at the February meeting, so the discussion was pushed back.

It was reported that Tree City USA and TCUSA Growth Award applications have been sent out prior to the Dec. 1 deadline. Typically, they expect to receive award notifications in January or February.

Staff report