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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 13:24:35 -0800

Great, thanks!

On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 1:23 PM La France, Ron J <RJLafrance_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Hi Alex,
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> Thanks for letting us know. A Building nspector is on his way.
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> Thanks,
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> Ron
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> * Ron J. La France*
> Assistant Community Development Director
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> City Hall - 1st Floor
> 701 Laurel St.
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> tel 650-330-6723 <(650)%20330-6723>
> menlopark.org <http://www.menlopark.org/>
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> *From:* striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Wednesday, November 7, 2018 1:08 PM
> *To:* Muenzer, Mark E <MEMuenzer_at_(domainremoved)
> councilmail_at_(domainremoved)
> *Cc:* Keith, Kirsten <KKeith_at_(domainremoved)
> RJLafrance_at_(domainremoved)
> *Subject:* Re: Not hand-digging....Re: 445 Oak Ct - Required 3rd-Party
> Tree Inspector prior to Excavation
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> + City Council for faster reponse
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> 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
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> 408-368-3652 <(408)%20368-3652>
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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?
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> Thanks again for your support in protecting the heritage trees and
> “keeping the peace.”
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> Best,
> Alex
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> 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.
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> They are digging with a backhoe right now which goes against City and
> Arborist rules.
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> Please help?
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> Alex
> 408-368-3652 <(408)%20368-3652>
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> On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 9:16 AM Muenzer, Mark E <MEMuenzer_at_(domainremoved)
> wrote:
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> Hi Alex - Please see the below summary from the inspector's site visit
> yesterday. Thanks.
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> 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).
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> MM
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> 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
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> 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.
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> MM
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> > 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.
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> > Alex
> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 7:50 AM Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
> <mailto:kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
> > Hello Alex,
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> > 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)
> 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.
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> > Please help us out.
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> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 7:19 AM striffler <striffler_at_(domainremoved)
> 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.
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> > Brian, thank you, but the City Council was clear that there should be a
> second Arborist approval.
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> > 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)
> 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>
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