Tree Committee, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

Chestertown Tree Committee

March 15, 2024

3:30 pm Town Hall Second Floor


Ruth Menefee, Jeff Coomer, Cynthia Saunders, Connie Schroth, and guests: Nina Fleegle (MSMng), and Jennifer Vaccaro (ShoreRivers)

Meeting was opened and minutes from 3/1 and 3/4/2024 were accepted.

Chestertown Garden Club President, Susan Coomer, presented a request for renovations in Memorial Park via an interim Application, specifically the removal of non-native Golden Rain trees in decline. The request was approved.

It was noted that a revised Application form regarding tree work in public spaces is currently pending submittal of Committee suggestions to the Town Manager for review.

Subcommittee on Tree Ordinance: P. Saywell and R. Menefee met on March 13th to work on revisions to the existing tree ordinance. Next meeting planned for March 28th. Revisions will be discussed at the next meeting scheduled for April 5th.

Subcommittee on GIS Mapping: Jeff Coomer, Cynthia Saunders, and Ruth Menefee to meet with Washington College GIS lab March 22nd and 28th.

Discussion on the ShoreRivers 2024 spring tree planting process included: species, size, environment, pedestrian traffic and other issues involved in placing new trees in Chestertown. The question as to whether the Town will partner with ShoreRivers in the contracted maintenance of the new plantings.

Tree Committee members are to canvas the proposed tree sites and species’ determination on Saturday, March 16. The list of proposed trees cited for previously proposed tree planting sites will be submitted By March 18th to ShoreRivers for their use.

The next meeting of the Tree Committee is scheduled for April 5, 2024 at 3:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Connie Schroth

Recording Secretary



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