Rose Arbor’s Progress, Tree Removal on Meeting’s Agenda

The Rose Arbor will be front and center at the Friday morning City Council meeting, including an update on the project to return it to Lacy Park and a comprehensive history of the former landmark, courtesy of several residents who researched it.
The report will include a fiscal history of the Rose Arbor, dating from its first appearance in 1930 all the way through the most recent teardown, in 2016, that was prompted by deterioration of the wood structure. It also will tentatively help steer the city as it moves to redesign a longer-lasting arbor and engineer a donation campaign to help pay for it. Dr. Matthew Lin, a former city councilman, already has made a $200,000 pledge.
City staff members have met with officials from the Huntington Library and from Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge for their insights on arbor design and plant care, according to the agenda report, and they hope to have a design and expense figures ready to be presented by the end of June.
The City Council also plans to make revisions to the city’s ordinance on tree removals that was approved in October that will address street trees owned by the city.
Per the agenda report, if the changes are approved, the Parks and Public Works Department will twice a year prepare a list of trees to be removed
and relevant information for the decision. That list will have to be reviewed by the council’s tree subcommittee in a public setting one month prior to formal approval by the full council.
If the subcommittee agrees with the department’s recommendation list, the item will be listed as a consent item on the next council agenda. However, if there is a disagreement, it will be listed as a new business agenda item, which requires a public hearing at the meeting before the council debates and reaches a decision.
The full agenda and its reports can be viewed on the city’s website. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Friday in the Barth Room at Crowell Public Library.

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