Park superintendent Mike Hite said there is a one year warranty o the trees and that will be coming up next month. He said several people are working on a solution including the city attorney, architect, city engineer, landscape designer, along with the city forester Cameron Arnold.
At this time people are checking for design flaws, soil issues, and checking to see if the trees were planted correctly. Arnold has seen some growth on the 4 inch caliper and told Hite that it takes trees of this size some time to become accumulated to its new surroundings.
The city’s Urban Forestry & Flower Committee had suggested moving the trees to the grassy area in the South Gateway park area but there is the possibility in the future of a new building being constructed on the property.
Hite said a final determination will have to be made within the next few weeks it the city wants to take advantage of the warranty on the trees.
There was also a quick discussion on the trees behind Riverside Intermediate School. Three or four of the trees that were transplanted did not survive. Hite said last year’s drought didn’t help the trees. He plans to replace them when NIPSCO makes their next donation to the city.
In other business the park board approved free use of the Conservation Club House for a Daisy Girl Scout Troop on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 during the winter months. They also granted free use of the horse barn for V-TAC to hold a picnic for veterans and their families on October 26. Steve and Jami Holm were approved for free use of the Freyman Shelter for their annual Run Baby Baby Run fundraiser benefiting the NICU at Memorial Hospital in South Bend on Saturday, November 9th.