Future of center of roundabout still up in the air
“Nothing is settled,” Department of Public Works Superintendent Joe Reinke said during Tuesday’s Parks, Recreation and Landscape Commission meeting. “We’re not set on the trees yet.”
Reinke said the city has “gone through 10 different ideas.”
He did say that a flagpole will be a part of the design.
One of the challenges is that whatever goes in the center of the roundabout can’t be located exactly in the center due to the placement of infrastructure within the circle.
To that end, one proposal pitched at the September meeting of the commission included a triad of trees – one hemlock and two clump river birch along with river rock, which would appear on a slight rise to motorists.
There are three feet of topsoil in the center in addition to the clay and dirt base that is underneath the intersection.
City officials previously indicated that accent lighting would also be a part of the project.
City Manager Mike Holtz said nothing would be added until the spring but said he thinks three trees will be placed there.
He also said there has been a proposal for letters on the exterior wall of the circle.
Leaf pickup to continue
Even though Monday into Tuesday marked the first substantial snowfall for the year, city leaf crews will continue their work.
“We have a leaf crew out today,” Reinke said, explaining that the city’s trucks aren’t yet set up for snow removal.
“The next 10 days look like rain and warmer weather,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense for us to rip apart leaf season yet.
“We’re going to probably pass through town a few more times,” Reinke added. ” (We) put a little salt on the road today with the trucks we have set up.”
Longtime member resigns
Josie Gerardi, who joined the city’s then-Street Landscape Commission in 2005, tendered her resignation at the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting.
“You’ve guided us,” Holtz said. “To say you’ll be sorely missed is an understatement.”
Gerardi’s resignation letter said that she’s enjoyed the work and the relationships and highlighted how the city’s urban forest and other amenities “has brought another level of knowledge and pride to our city.”