Shade Tree Commission to discuss easements


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



The city of Delaware’s Shade Tree Commission will discuss tree conservation easements at Dempsey Middle School at tonight’s meeting.

As part of improvements that Delaware City Schools made, it will dedicate some of the land as easements for trees, said Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller.

Due to the district’s building expansion projects, the district had to remove several mature trees at various school locations, said district spokeswoman Jennifer Ruhe.

“While we planted smaller replacement trees at many of our sites, we also entered into an agreement to formally protect trees in our wetlands area to satisfy part of our obligation,” she said.

“On October 3, the board of education approved the resolution to formally preserve all of the trees on approximately 1 acre of land at Dempsey Middle School.”

In other business, the city arborist will report that eight trees were removed in October because of mortality issues or storm damage, while 283 street trees were pruned.

The city plans to plant 213 of the 293 trees that are backlogged — a tree species list has been provided to the commission.

Additionally, staff continues its project to shape street trees to clear the pathway for roads and sidewalks based on customer service requests and areas that need the most attention. In September, there 14 total requests including eight for pruning and four for miscellaneous inspections or special projects.

In other business, Marisa Sulek of Delaware City Schools is expected to attend the meeting as the new school representative on the commission.

The commission will meet at city hall, 1 S. Sandusky St., 7 p.m. in council chambers.

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.