This amendment provides an additional $60,000 in General Obligation borrowing to the existing authority of $220,000 in the Parks Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation capital budget project (810766). The funding will purchase a truck and trailer to be used in the replacement of ash trees within City parks that have been removed as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer.
SUBSTITUTE - BY TITLE ONLY - Amending the Parks Division capital and operating budgets to provide additional resources for replacement of ash trees in City parks. Amending the 2014 Parks Division Capital Budget to provide additional resources for replacement of ash trees in City parks.
WHEREAS, the City of Madison has been working on mitigation methods to lessen the impact of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on the more than 21,000 terrace ash trees, numerous ash trees in parks and other City owned land, and many thousands on private property; and
WHEREAS, the Emerald Ash Borer Taskforce have extensively studied this issue and have authored a Report that includes recommendations for managing EAB within the City of Madison; and
WHEREAS, the Common Council accepted the Emerald Ash Borer Taskforce report and adopted the recommendations included therein on September 18, 2012; and
WHEREAS, the Common Council accepted the Emerald Ash Borer Taskforce report and adopted the modified recommendations including a treatment standards (e.g. 10” minimum size) in September 2013; and
WHEREAS, the original plan for replanting trees removed within Parks was to utilize annual Capital landscaping funds to replant over a longer period than the removals would occur; and
WHEREAS, the Taskforce and Parks staff are recommending a more aggressive replanting program for trees in parks that will be completed using City staff; and
WHEREAS, the Parks Division will include additional funding requests for the full implementation of an approximately $240,000 parks tree replacement program as a part of the 2015 ...Click here for full text