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January 25, 2000                                                                                          ________A_________

        DATE                                                                                                             ITEM NUMBER


ORIGINATING                                                                                          CITY MANAGER’S

DEPARTMENT                                AGENDA ITEM                                     REVIEW       

Thom Head, Public Works              Discussion on Downtown


PREVIOUS ACTIONS:  Funds for street tree maintenance were included with the adoption of the 1999-2001 Financial Plan.

RECOMMENDED COUNCIL ACTION:  Provide comment on proposed street tree maintenance activities in the Downtown area.

COMMENTS:  The Redevelopment Agency funded an attractive hardscape and  landscape treatment project in the Downtown area.  The project was constructed in 1985.  The areas landscape was renovated in 1998.

Many of the street trees originally planted, such as Liquid Amber, are not appropriate as street trees as they mature.  Other trees, such as Ornamental Pears, suffer from decease, neglect, and insufficient pruning.  In addition, many of the Pear trees have grown into streetlights, greatly reducing the amount of light they provide.  Older trees in the Downtown area have also had problems, such as the Modesto Ash trees in the City Hall parking lot and the Carob trees on Second Street.

Staff would like to take the opportunity to present solutions on the current street tree problems in the Downtown area and discuss the general direction of increased efforts in street tree maintenance in the Downtown area.

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