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REQUEST FOR COUNCIL
AGENDA ITEM REVIEW
Public Works Review and approval of
PREVIOUS ACTIONS: The City Council was presented a proposed downtown street tree program at its January 25, 2000 regular Council meeting and directed Staff to return to a future meeting for further decision on the Citys street tree program in general.
the Redevelopment Agency funded an improvement project in the downtown
area that included special street lights, benches, trash receptacles,
concrete treatment, landscape nodes and flower pots, and street trees. Maintenance efforts for the landscape and street trees in this
area have not been consistent, which have had detrimental effects on
many of the street trees. In
addition, some varieties of the trees used in the project send out shallow
roots over time and are beginning to lift and displace concrete surfaces,
especially in areas with substandard street tree cutouts.
Many of the streetlights have been obscured by nearby street
has developed an implementation plan for a more aggressive maintenance
program for the downtown street trees.
The elements of the plan are listed below.
1. Public notification and information--Effected properties will be sent information and notified of the Citys intent to implement the program.
2. A public meeting will be held to solicit feedback and identify potential problems.
3. Individual contacts with property owners will be conducted and financial participation requested.
4. Arborist(s) will inspect the trees and provide specific and general recommendations.
5. Undesirable and/or unhealthy trees will be replaced with more appropriate species.
6. Highly visible tasks such as tree removal and replacement and heavy pruning will be phased over time to minimize the negative visual impact of tree removal.
Existing tree wells will be modified as required; any new hardscape
treatment, such as tree grates will be reviewed by the Parks and Recreation
contact with the Bank of Agriculture, and a subsequent contribution
of $400 for the replacement of two trees in front of their building,
indicates the willingness of downtown businesses to participate in the
street trees or heritage trees effect the community in several
ways; some are amenities; others are serious and invasive pests; and
in some instances some trees have become public hazards.
Many large trees such as Sycamore, Mulberry, Elm, Ash, and Carob
fall in this category.
City Ordinance 593 assigns
the responsibility of repair of sidewalk areas damaged by street trees
to the City. Pippo Avenue
and Sherwood Drive are a neighborhood of specific interest, as an example
of sidewalk areas damaged by street trees.
Fruitless Mulberry trees have severely damaged sidewalks in many
areas. In the past,
at least one effort at mitigating this damage has been made.
This most notable attempt included root pruning and sidewalk
replacement, and met with minimal success.
The City Council has included funding for street trees and sidewalk
replacement in the Capital Improvement Program.
Staff is prepared to initiate
the following program in areas where street trees have seriously damaged
1. Provide information on the replacement program and notification of the Citys intent to implement it to effected property owners.
2. Conduct neighborhood meetings with residents to provide information and solicit feedback.
3. Those willing to allow City to remove and replace trees will be highest priority for sidewalk replacement, with temporary sidewalk repairs made to areas unwilling to replace trees
4. No more than 20 percent of the trees of a neighborhood block will be removed and replaced annually.
5. City will bear full cost for sidewalk replacement and street tree removal and placement.
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Brentwood desires an attractive
and pleasant environment for residents and businesses of the community,
WHEREAS, flourishing and healthy street streets enhance a communitys
physical beauty and ambiance, and help create a pleasant place to live
and work, and
WHEREAS, an pro-active maintenance effort is required to provide flourishing,
and healthy street trees in a community, and
WHEREAS, the City is prepared to implement a pro-active street tree
program in three distinct areas, the downtown, older residential areas
with mature trees, and newer residential areas, and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of
Brentwood approves the implementation of a pro-active street tree program
PASSED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood, at its regular
meeting of February 22, 2000 by the following vote:
Quintin L. Kidd
Karen Diaz, CMC
City of Brentwood City Council
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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