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PARKWAY TREE TRIMMINGJanuary 11, 2010
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PARKWAY TREE TRIMMING
January 11, 2010
The Public Works Department has awarded a contract to Homer Tree Care, Inc. to trim the parkway trees on specific streets in an effort to supplement our in-house tree trimming program. They have been instructed to prune the trees to the same high standards that we ourselves use, which is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A-300 Pruning Standards. The reasons for trimming are as follows:
Safety- Trees must be trimmed up high enough to prevent injury to people and damage to property and vehicles.
Health- By removing some of the branches within the trees canopy we are able to promote better tree health by reducing the ability of a disease or insect infestation to get started and to make the tree less likely to break in high winds.
Aesthetics- When the trees are trimmed and low limbs are removed, we are able to train the tree so that large limbs will not have to be removed later to provide clearance. Trimming also will allow other plants room to grow thus preventing overcrowding.
Under NO circumstances will trees be TOPPED! Topping is the practice of reducing a trees size by cutting the upper limbs back to a common point. This practice, which used to be common, will not be allowed as it has been found to weaken the tree and invite infection and decay. We also no longer use wound paint on the cuts. This practice also has been found to be detrimental to the tree and invites infection and decay.
Homer Tree Care, Inc. is scheduled to begin in early January and will move as quickly as possible to complete their work. As we all know the winters in Chicago can be very unpredictable and our contractor will work whenever possible depending on snowfall. In most cases they should be able to complete the work in front of your home in one day so that you will have minimal inconvenience. The contractor will not begin working until after 7am on weekdays and 8:30 on Saturdays, they will stop working at 5pm on all days and will not work on Sundays. They will also make every effort to not block the street or your driveway to allow you access to your home the majority of the time. There may be times however, when your driveway may be blocked for a short time and the Contractor will be happy to remove the debris should you need to get your vehicle out of your driveway during this time. All branches and other debris will be cleaned up before the end of each day.
For questions/comments call Ken Loar, Village Arborist, at (847) 367-3726 or KenL@vhills.org
Accelerated Retirement Incentive
January 8, 2010
As noted previously, the President and Village Board and staff have worked to reduce our budget expenditures for this fiscal year through April 30, 2010. One of the measures enacted to reduce short and long term costs was to offer an Accelerated Retirement Program. I wanted to share with you the employees that opted for this program.
Mark Chandler, Police Commander
Lona Chiarello, Administrative Assistant
Mike Flannigan, Building Inspector
Ed Laudenslager, Public Works Director
Marci Moffatt, Administrative Assistant
Tom Olkowski, Public Works Superintendent
Linda Pelletier, Village Clerk
Allen Smith, Building Inspector
Gus Stagg, Public Works Custodian
While the Village Board instituted the Accelerated Retirement Incentive to reduce our payroll costs and address budgetary and organizational needs, I do not want to lose sight of a number of important things.
Collectively, these employees have put in 164 years of service to the residents of Vernon Hills. We have had the pleasure of working with them. It is not easy to say good bye both for the employees that are participating in the program, as well as all of us as co-workers.
Going forward, we will be looking at adding an employee/employees in some areas, as well as reorganizing responsibilities. In the short term of one or two years, we are going to hire as few replacements as possible.
My sincere appreciation to all of the participants for their service to our residents. Please join me in wishing them the best in their future endeavors.
For comments/questions please contact Mike Allison, Village manager at 847-918-3540 or MikeA@vhills.org
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