By LENNY C. LEPOLA News Assistant Managing Editor
December 25, 2013
Kitzmiller presents 2013 Tree Commission Report
Sunbury Tree & Landscape Commission chair Paul Kitzmiller was in chambers during last Wednesday’s (December 18) Sunbury Village Council meeting. Because it was Council’s final meeting of 2013, Kitzmiller was tasked with reporting on the commission’s 2013 activities, and also on activities during the second half of 2012.
The Village of Sunbury Tree & Landscape Commission was created by Ordinance 2008-30 in 2008 and since then has updated a tree inventory for Village Square, recommended varieties of trees for planting in the Village, has presented workshops on tree pruning, planted trees for Arbor Day ceremonies, routinely inspected Village trees for safety issues, and continually updates the village Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan.
Of note, Kitzmiller said, has been an update of a Sunbury Village Square Tree Inventory, an updated Tree Commission Brochure, an annual inspection of all trees in Village-owned park land and at Sunbury Memorial Park, the Village-owned and maintained cemetery.
Kitzmiller also reminded Council members of the commission’s work to educate the public about the Emerald Ash Borer infestation; and about Village owned trees infested with EAB. Six trees on Sunbury Square will need to be removed over time as part of the EAB management program, he said.
Kitzmiller also reported that during 2013 commission members conducted work sessions in Village parks, at the cemetery, and on Sunbury Square; they placed name markers at the base of 20 trees on Village Square, and pruned trees at Sunbury Memorial Park.
Tree and landscape commission goals for 2014 are to continue to meet the requirements of Ordinance 2008-30; develop and maintain information and data relating to the tree commission, trees and landscaping; increase awareness and provide education to Village staff and the public about the tree commission, and the value, planting and maintenance of trees and landscaping; and manage the aesthetics, health and public hazard aspects of Sunbury’s public urban forest.
“We do what we can, we’re a small team, but we do a lot per capita,” Kitzmiller said. “We’re always looking for people to help us out.”
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield thanked Kitzmiller and members of the Tree and Landscape Commission for the work that they do, work that has repeatedly won the Village of Sunbury Tree City USA status from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
“The Village Square is our crown jewel,” Hatfield added. “We don’t have the staff to do what you guys get done. I appreciate that, and know you all have the best interest of our Village of heart.”