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Liverpool to establish a tree commission to assess arboriculture

— At the village board’s monthly meeting on Aug. 19, Trustee Nick Kochan volunteered to lay the groundwork for a tree commission to assess the village’s arboriculture.

Once in place, the commission would involve village residents in efforts to inventory the village’s trees and identify their various species. Kochan models the plan after learning how the village of Fayetteville benefits from its tree commission

“I hope that residents would bring some fresh vision and input to the process,” Kochan said.

He also suggested that Cornell Cooperative Extension could contribute to the commission’s endeavors. Kochan’s first task is to address the village planning board regarding the commission.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mayor Gary White. “We do consult an arborist, and we already have a little bit of a [tree] replacement program in effect.” But a commission, he said, could offer a more well-rounded approach.

“Having a tree commission could help us stretch our dollars when it comes to getting grants and so forth,” Kochan said.

Field Days damage

After the Washington Park lawn was damaged during the last weekend on July by amusement ride equipment during the American Legion Post 188 Field Days, White asked trustees to consider assessing park-usage fees and/or issuing performance bonds to presenters of major events in village parks.

“There was significant damage to Washington Park because of all the rain we’d had,” White said. “They tore up the park quite a bit, so this is probably something which merits some discussion.”

Kochan suggested that the village require a deposit of “some small bond” from promoters using large pieces of equipment in village parks.

Trustee Bob Gaetano, the board’s liaison with the department of public works, said he would speak with DPW Superintendent Bill Asmus about the condition of Washington Park. “We’re overdue to take a look at this issue,” Gaetano said. “And I’ll talk to Bill about establishing a rate.”

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