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Utilities board, tree pruners meet, confer

Submitted by on 1, January 25, 2010 – 5:45 amNo Comment

The city’s Public Utilities Board will conduct its annual planning workshop starting at 4 p.m. today at Alameda Municipal Power HQ, 2000 Grand Street. The public is invited – nay, encouraged – to attend, the press release on this one says.

Not much more on that, but if you’re a glutton for punishment, the board holds its regular meeting starting at 7 p.m., same Bat place. At the regular evening meeting, they’ll talk about financial planning, approve a 20-year load forecast and hash through a proposal to implement a rebate program for installers of solar arrays.

You can check out the agendas and staff reports here, and while you’re on it, check out AMP’s snazzy new website.

Meanwhile, the city is hosting a community meeting in advance of plans to prune 126 Liquidambar trees along Gibbons Drive. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room of Edison Elementary School, 2700 Buena Vista Avenue.

City tree pruning has been set on a five-year cycle in an effort to keep limbs from dropping during winter storms (or otherwise; from reading the city’s police blotter, I can tell you that nary a week goes by that there isn’t a report that a limb from a city tree has fallen). The city is planning to thin and shorten the Liquidambars, per their website:

Based on a detailed analysis, the arborist recommends that the height and density of the Liquidambars be reduced to lessen the weight of the limbs and allow for the circulation of wind through the trees. This pruning will also encourage interior and lateral limb growth and provide a more balanced canopy as the trees grow.

The work is to be performed by A-Plus Tree Service under the direction of a certified arborist, and it’s slated to begin in February.

For more information on the tree pruning, call Todd Williams at Public Works, at 747-7900.

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