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Re: Not hand-digging....Re: 445 Oak Ct - Required 3rd-Party Tree Inspector prior to Excavation

From: domainremoved <striffler>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2018 13:07:44 -0800

+ City Council for faster reponse


On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:03 PM striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)

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> https://share.icloud.com/photos/0MgF4wSrEWc90UrIe7Wo-_9lA#Menlo_Park_-_The_Willows
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> City,
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> The Developer next door is using an augur to dig right next to our
> heritage tree and does not have the required 10 foot fence surrounding our
> tree. They are supposed to be hand-digging. Can you send someone over
> there asap, please?
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>
> Alex
> 408-368-3652 <(408)%20368-3652>
>
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 9:05 AM striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
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>> Mark and team, I don’t want to be considered a Boy who Cries Wolf, but
>> this is critical especially during initial groundbreaking.
>>
>> Having said that, my wife spoke to The developer and he confirmed he was
>> only moving the back hoe, not using it to dig under the canopy.
>>
>> Therefore the situation is not as dire as my previous email implied. And
>> perhaps the city may only want to give a courtesy call to him to remind him
>> to keep heavy equipment out from under the canopy?
>>
>> Thanks again for your support in protecting the heritage trees and
>> “keeping the peace.”
>>
>> Best,
>> Alex
>> On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 8:57 AM striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
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>>> Mark, Thank you. I don’t understand why they would have the fences so
>>> close when the Arborist report requires them to dig by hand under the
>>> canopy.
>>>
>>> They are digging with a backhoe right now which goes against City and
>>> Arborist rules.
>>>
>>> Please help?
>>>
>>> Alex
>>> 408-368-3652 <(408)%20368-3652>
>>> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 9:16 AM Muenzer, Mark E <MEMuenzer_at_(domainremoved)
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi Alex - Please see the below summary from the inspector's site visit
>>>> yesterday. Thanks.
>>>>
>>>> After visiting the site this morning and looking over the letter from
>>>> the arborist, the contractor has done all the tree protection required. The
>>>> owners and the contractor were on site when I was out there and I
>>>> reiterated the city's policy on tree protection and hours of construction.
>>>> They were very responsive and had all the signage up around the trees and
>>>> construction fencing. I asked them to please move some lumber under the
>>>> canopy of a neighboring heritage redwood tree. As for the equipment
>>>> currently on site, both tractors were not under the canopies of any
>>>> heritage trees. The proposed detached secondary dwelling will have a pier
>>>> and grade beam design to avoid root damage to the heritage trees (2
>>>> neighboring redwoods and a beech on the property).
>>>>
>>>> MM
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Mark E. Muenzer
>>>> Community Developtment Director
>>>> City Hall - 1st Floor
>>>> 701 Laurel St
>>>> <https://maps.google.com/?q=701+Laurel+St&entry=gmail&source=g>.
>>>> tel 650-330-6709 <(650)%20330-6709>
>>>> menlopark.org
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Muenzer, Mark E
>>>> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2018 8:44 AM
>>>> To: striffler
>>>> Cc: Keith, Kirsten; McIntyre, Alex D; La France, Ron J
>>>> Subject: Re: 445 Oak Ct - Required 3rd-Party Tree Inspector prior to
>>>> Excavation
>>>>
>>>> Hi Alex - City Hall was closed on Friday but I’ve asked a building
>>>> inspector to visit the site today to confirm that the construction is to
>>>> plan and to confer with the City Arborist that the tree protections are
>>>> being followed. I should have a report by the end of the day. Thanks.
>>>>
>>>> MM
>>>>
>>>> > On Jul 20, 2018, at 1:53 PM, striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> >
>>>> > Hi Kirsten, I will call and you definitely can send someone out
>>>> anytime today. Thank you.
>>>> >
>>>> > Alex
>>>> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 7:50 AM Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> <mailto:kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> > Hello Alex,
>>>> >
>>>> > Please call me.
>>>> >
>>>> > May we have please have someone from staff check out this site today
>>>> to make sure the trees are being cared for?
>>>> >
>>>> > Kirsten
>>>> >
>>>> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 7:41 AM striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> <mailto:striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> > Council - it is 7:38 and the developer has heavy equipment running!
>>>> >
>>>> > Look how close their backhoe is to my tree. They must have a 2nd
>>>> Arborist opinion.
>>>> >
>>>> > Please help us out.
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > [cid:164b821290b40f5bd5d1]
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 7:19 AM striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> <mailto:striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> > Council, I believe that you specifically asked for a 2nd review and I
>>>> stand by my suggestion that Brian hire McClenahans for a 2nd in-person
>>>> review in addition to his current Arborist prior to excavation and daily
>>>> thereafter.
>>>> >
>>>> > Brian, thank you, but the City Council was clear that there should be
>>>> a second Arborist approval.
>>>> >
>>>> > Also, remember Peter Otaki’s comment directed specifically to you,
>>>> that you should treat your neighbors with better care and respect than you
>>>> have during this project. You would have been considerate to mail this
>>>> attachment to the neighbors when you created it, proactively.
>>>> >
>>>> > Alex
>>>> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 6:56 AM Brian Nguyen <briant.nguyen_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> <mailto:briant.nguyen_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> > Hello --
>>>> >
>>>> > I have retained my original 3rd party arborist, the well-respected,
>>>> Mr. Walt Levison. All protocols have been reviewed and approved by the City
>>>> of Menlo Park.
>>>> >
>>>> > His demolition approval letter attached.
>>>> >
>>>> > /Brian
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > --
>>>> > Brian T. Nguyen
>>>> > briant.nguyen_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> > 650.269.6300 <(650)%20269-6300>
>>>> >
>>>> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 12:33 AM, striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> <mailto:striffler_at_(domainremoved)
>>>> > Honorable City Council,
>>>> >
>>>> > When you reviewed the 445 Oak Ct project, you mandated a requirement
>>>> that a 3rd Party Arborist inspect the worksite prior to excavation and
>>>> regularly during construction. This was in response to the Heritage
>>>> Redwood Trees less than 7 feet from the construction zone at my next-door
>>>> residence at 1485 Woodland Ave.
>>>> >
>>>> > I received a letter from the Developer, Brian Nguyen (on cc), stating
>>>> he would begin excavation this coming Monday, yet I have not been presented
>>>> with an official report from the 3rd-party Arborist stating that fencing
>>>> has been done properly and that excavation can be allowed to begin, per the
>>>> terms of the Council's requirement.
>>>> >
>>>> > I recommend that Mr Nguyen pay for McClenahan's Tree service, a local
>>>> and well-regarded Willows institution come out for the inspection prior to
>>>> Monday, and daily from that point forward.
>>>> >
>>>> > Please do not allow Mr Nguyen to begin his excavation until
>>>> McClenahan's has visited the site and provided the appropriate
>>>> recommendations.
>>>> >
>>>> > Thank you.
>>>> >
>>>> > Alex Striffler-Hernandez
>>>> > 408-368-3652 <(408)%20368-3652>
>>>> > 1485 Woodland Ave
>>>> >
>>>> > --
>>>> > Best regards,
>>>> >
>>>> > Kirsten Keith,
>>>> > Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Menlo Park <IMG_5062.jpg>
>>>>
>>>
Received on Wed Nov 07 2018 - 13:05:50 PST

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