On Feb. 2, every member of the Meridian Township board agreed to pass Zoning Amendment 15080. This revision to the existing street tree ordinance will see the addition of more trees on the sides of many major roads in the township, as well as ensure the preservation of existing street trees. One purpose of this zoning amendment is to reduce traffic speeds on some major roads, without changing the speed limit. “The goal is to make the roads safer by calming and reducing traffic speeds,” said Director of Community Planning and Development Mark Kieselbach.
The environmental commission discussed implementation of damaged street tree removal and replacement for residents at the meeting. “This is a community that embraces the environment and certainly trees are part of that environment,” said Manager Frank Walsh. In April 2014, the township organized a curbside brush and limb pick-up program for residents after an ice storm left residents without power for 11 days in late December. Public Works and Engineering Director Raymond Severy said the program lasted until the end of April and if more cleanup is necessary in the future, the township will restructure parts of the process. “We might want to change the scope of our program and direct responsibility to the residents at a central location,” Severy said.