Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2016-297

Resolution Approving Tree Planting Agreement, #PW 46-23-15, Between the County of Hennepin and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for Tree Planting on Washington Avenue

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Item Discussion

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is the steward of the public urban forest in Minneapolis;

 

Whereas, The City of Minneapolis has been designated one of the 10 best cities for urban forests by American Forests, a national conservation organization;

 

Whereas, Tree planting is a vital component of the MPRB’s urban forestry program because new trees are needed to sustain the canopy cover that is in jeopardy from Dutch Elm Disease, Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle;

 

Whereas, The Forestry Department regularly plants new trees in parks and on boulevards throughout Minneapolis;

 

Whereas, The MPRB Forestry Department and Hennepin County have entered into tree planting agreements in 2008 and 2015 for planting trees on Lowry Avenue, Lyndale Avenue South and Minnehaha Avenue; and

 

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which envisions “Urban Forests, Natural Areas and Waters that endure and captivate;”

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approve the Tree Planting Agreement, #PW 46-23-15, between the County of Hennepin and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for Tree Planting on Washington Avenue; and

 

RESOLVED, That the President and Secretary of the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution. 

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BACKGROUND

 

This action considers a Tree Planting Agreement with Hennepin County for the planting of boulevard trees on Washington Avenue. In 2016, Hennepin County began road improvements on Washington Avenue from Hennepin Avenue to 5th Avenue South. As part of the project, the County has allocated funds for tree planting. After the road improvements, through this agreement, Hennepin County would pay the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to plant new boulevard trees

The planting work will be in conjunction with the construction activities of the project.  The planting is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2017 and end on June 30, 2018The MPRB will plant a maximum of 100 new boulevard trees at a cost of $400 per tree for a total cost of $40,000.00.  After planting, the MPRB will assume ongoing responsibility for the care and maintenance of the trees.  The terms of this agreement are covered in agreement #PW 46-23-15 (Attachment 1)

By entering into this agreement the MPRB Forestry Department will be planting boulevard trees as it does on a routine basis throughout the City.  Hennepin County is not expecting the MPRB to do anything different than it would with any other boulevard tree planting project.

 

 

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTIONS

 

April 16, 2008               Board authorized approval of tree planting agreement between Hennepin County and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board for tree planting on Lyndale Avenue South. 

 

May 7, 2008              Board authorized approval of tree planting agreement between Hennepin County and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board for tree planting on Lowry Avenue.

 

August 19, 2015              Board authorized approval (Resolution No. 2015-292) of tree planting agreement between Hennepin County and   Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board for tree planting on Minnehaha Avenue.   

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends approval of the Tree Planting Agreement, #PW 46-23-15, between the County of Hennepin and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for tree planting on Washington Avenue.

 

This action is supported by the following vision and goal statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan:

Vision Theme              Urban Forests, Natural Areas and Waters that endure and captivate.

Goal                              Healthy boulevard trees connect all city residents to their park system”;

Goal                            People and the environment benefit from the expansion and protection of natural resources

 

Meeting History

Oct 19, 2016 5:10 PM  Administration & Finance Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Steffanie Musich, Commissioner District 5
AYES:Scott Vreeland, Liz Wielinski, Steffanie Musich, Jon Olson, Annie Young
Nov 2, 2016 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Scott Vreeland, Commissioner District 3
SECONDER:Liz Wielinski, Commissioner District 1
AYES:Anita Tabb, John Erwin, Brad Bourn, Meg Forney, Steffanie Musich, Jon Olson, Scott Vreeland, Liz Wielinski
ABSENT:Annie Young