Resolution to Amend Urban Forestry Council Bylaws

Environmental policy and legislation in San Francisco

[Amend Urban Forestry Council Bylaws]

Resolution amending the Urban Forestry Council's Bylaws Article VIII-Committees, to change the meeting structure, membership requirements, and schedule of Urban Forestry Council Committees. 
WHEREAS, The Urban Forestry Council at its September 27, 2013 meeting amended the Urban Forestry Council’s Bylaws Article VIII-Committees as follows:
Article VIII – Committees
Section 4: Standing Committees
The Council shall have three standing Committees (1) Planning and Policy Committee; (2) Funding Committee; and the (3) Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee.  The Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee shall have three members and shall meet as needed on the first Thursday of the month starting at 4:15 p.m., in City Hall, Room 421, San Francisco. The Planning and Policy Committee shall have five members and shall meet on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 5:00 p.m. with the exception of November.  There will not be a meeting in November.  The Committee shall meet at the Planning Department Offices, 1650 Mission Street, meeting room to be announced, San Francisco, 94103.  
The Funding Committee shall have five members and shall meet on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 4:00 p.m. with the exception of November.  There will not be a meeting in November.   The Funding Committee shall meet at City Hall, Room 421, San Francisco, 94102.
A notice and agenda for the Planning andPolicy Committee and Funding Committee meetings will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting.  A notice for the Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee meeting will be posted 15 days before the meeting and an agenda will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting. This information shall be posted on the Department of the Environment’s website.

Section 5: The Planning and Policy  Committee

The Planning and Policy Committee shall make recommendations to the Council on project plans for major publicly sponsored developments and civic improvements and changes of the public right of way as they impact trees.  The Committee shall (1) examine and make policy recommendations to the Council regarding other urban forest and tree issues; (2) make recommendations to the Council regarding facilitating an assessment (inventory) of the current condition of the Urban Forest, and (3) review the Urban Forest Plan on an annual basis and make recommendations for any changes to the full Council for adoption.
Section 6: The Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee

The Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee shall make preliminary recommendations to the Council on nominated trees proposed for landmark status.  The Committee shall conduct individual site visits, complete evaluation forms to review at regular monthly meetings as nominations are received, and vote on landmark tree nominations to present to the full Council for their consideration and adoption.  It will prepare a written summary of the evaluation forms and include individual evaluation forms to present to the full Council for review. The Chair of the Committee shall verbally report on the written summary at Council meetings.

Section 7.  The Funding Committee
The Funding Committee shall 1) make recommendations to the Council on funding opportunities and staffing needs, on opportunities for urban forest programs and on securing and encouraging commitment of adequate resources for tree programs, (2) will also review urban forestry program budget priorities and make recommendations about Urban Forestry funding requirements to the full Council; investigate and pursue funding options for various urban forest activities, and (3) will review the Urban Forest Council’s Budget on an annual basis and will make recommendations for any changes to the full Council for adoption.
I hereby certify that this Resolution was adopted at the Urban Forestry Council’s Regular Meeting on September 27, 2013.

Monica Fish, Council Secretary                              Dan Flanagan, Council Chair

VOTE: Approved 10-0; 1 Absent
AYES:   Members Flanagan, Hillan, Hillson, Kida, Leffingwell, Most, Sherwin, Short, Sullivan and Swae
NOES:   None     
ABSENT:  Member Costello