Shade Tree Commission: Butterflies and New Environmental Members
West Long Branch: The Shade tree Commission is helping the Environmental Commission, which is looking for members. It is a great opportunity to learn about the environmental issues, to help the borough with issues management, and to participate in borough beautification.
At the last meeting Mayor Tucci discussed the need for members. The EC has four appointments open. The Mayor asked for help from the Shade Tree Commission, suggesting some members might serve in a dual capacity. The tasks of each commission have expanded and interests have a strong relationship.
At one time the two commissions met on the same night and members could attend both meetings.
The Commission asked for any residents who are interested please call Borough Clerk Lori Cole.
New Butterfly Garden
Resident Ted Krulikowski discussed the Butterfly Garden at Conway Park which has problems with its current location. He recommends moving the garden. The garden was created in 2006 by twenty students from Frank Antonides School National Junior Honor Society and their advisor, Mrs. Jodi Bocco.
Students did the work of digging and planting the garden and Shade Tree paid for the plants and mulch. Daisy and Brownie troops planted the flowers in the garden. A student, Mackenzie Arkenau has a plan that she and student Taylor Sniffen created for a new garden. He hopes to have Boy and Girl Scouts to do the transplanting from the old site to the new.
The new site would be next to the Police Headquarters building, near the playground, in front of the evergreen tree facing the parking lot. The garden size is not final but a 10 x 10 may be practical.
Krulikowski‘s ideas are to use landscape logs to border the garden and gravel for drainage. He will work with the Zoning Officer about the state guidelines for handicapped usage. Estimated costs are about $800.
The date is open, but butterflies won’t be here until mid to late summer. It may become a budget consideration and is to be determined. The general budget for the borough will be presented initially on Wednesday, March 7.