Service Committee Minutes
VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
JULY 15, 2019
CALL TO ORDER
Trustee Gaffino called the meeting to order.
In attendance: Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mike Lowery, Mayor Dale Berman, Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Public Works Director John Laskowski.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. Approval of the Services Committee Minutes dated June 17, 2019
Motion for approval made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Trustee Gaffino. All in favor. Motion approved.
1. Tree Trimming Policy
Public Works Director John Laskowski stated that there are 5 different ways that the Public Works Department goes about trimming trees. This policy will describe the different ways they are done for trimming parkway trees.
1. Obstruction Trimming – if a tree hanging in front of a speed limit or stop sign
causes a visual obstruction to a motorist, the Village would trim these as soon as possible to avoid a safety hazard. This year, the village will get an inventory of the parkway trees. Staff will utilize the GIS department to collect the trees around intersections as well as species data.
2. Street Maintenance Trimming - This will occur before the annual road program. The
purpose is to lift the crown of the tree to an elevation where branches are not being struck by construction equipment.
3. Subdivision Trimming – Staff will drive throughout town and target those subdivisions
which are the worst. Tanner Trails is planned for this season. The Village will look at the subdivision trimming as residents note their concerns and complaints. This trimming will be dependent on the budget.
4. Storm/Disaster Related Trimming – The Public Works Department will handle
internally unless the disaster is extremely bad. In that case, the village would enlist a private contractor to assist.
5. Individual Tree Trimming – the Village gets individual requests from time to time from
residents that there is a tree in a parkway that is obstructing a sidewalk. The Village will put that on a list to take care of at a later date. Laskowski noted that, in the past, homeowners have asked if they can replace their own parkway tree and they would pay for it. The Committee was in favor of allowing residents to replace their parkway tree.
OLD BUSINESS - None
OTHER INFORMATION - None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS - None
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Lowery and seconded by Mayor Berman. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray