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Fall & Winter 2015
Important Notice of Annual Board of Directors & Homeowners Meetings…
Reminder…2015 Village of Orland Park Property Tax Rebate…
May 2011 ⁄ August 2011
Tree Maintenance & Replacement Program

Fall & Winter 2015: Important Notice of Annual Board of Directors & Homeowners Meetings…

**All Homeowners are invited and encouraged to attend.**
When:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Where:  Franklin Loebe Recreation Center, 14650 Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL, Room 109
Purpose of Meetings:  Present and adopt the Operating & Capital Budgets for the year 2016. Election Meeting for the Board of Directors.

Fall & Winter 2015: Reminder…2015 Village of Orland Park Property Tax Rebate…

If you haven’t applied for your property tax rebate, be aware that the deadline is fast approaching.  All applications, along with the required proof of residency documentation, must be submitted to the Village of Orland Park no later than Friday, December 11, 2015.  Applications delivered after this date will not be accepted.  For further information, to apply online, or to print out an application form, please visit www.OpTaxRebate.com.  You may also pick up a paper application at the Village Hall, Recreation Administration, Sportsplex or the Orland Park Library.

May 2011 ⁄ August 2011: Tree Maintenance & Replacement Program

(The trunks of these Weeping Willows display obvious signs of severe decay.)
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Why are we removing established trees?  We have recently evaluated the established trees in Crystal Tree as part of our Tree Maintenance and Replacement Program.  After initiating the advice of several experts in this field, we have found that we must make some realistic decisions. Though the thought of removing large, established trees along our parkways and within our vistas can often be an emotionally charged decision, after careful consideration we have found that we have no choice but to approach this issue realistically.  You can be assured that the Board’s concern for safety within our community and the prudent use of our future funds weighed heavily into these decisions.

Several of our Weeping Willow trees are showing signs of distress, such as dead branches and decay.   For these reasons, we have already begun to remove several Willow trees this year.  They will be replaced with European Black Clump Alder trees, a much hardier tree that is an excellent species for pond locations.   To show the degree of decay affecting our Willows, we have included illustrations (see slideshow of photos above).   As you can see, once the trees are downed it becomes obvious how badly decayed they have become and confirms the safety hazard that they present.

Problems with a few parkway trees have also surfaced.  Both Clarence Davids and Homer Tree Care, Inc. have confirmed that a small number of our Green Ash trees have suspected infestations by the Emerald Ash Borer.   Though these infestations may not be obvious at first glance, upon inspection this summer it has been noted that leaves on these trees were beginning to wilt and the tops of various branches in the canopy were becoming bare.   We have researched spraying the trees to rid them of this infestation, but it is quite costly, we have quite a few Ash trees in our subdivision, and all Ash trees must be sprayed every year to control this problem.   Finally, there is no guarantee that these trees can be saved in the long term.  The costly gamble of spraying to "wait and see" does not seem to be the correct solution.  It would be better and less expensive in the long term, to begin removing these susceptible Ash trees now and replacing them with a hardy parkway species.   For more information about the Emerald Ash Borer, you can click on the following link: http://www.orland-park.il.us/index.aspx?NID=1177

In the spring of 2011, we will again be moving forward with phase II of our Entryway Makeover plans.   The west side of our entryway will be refurbished, and the remaining problem–prone Bradford pear trees will be removed and replaced with the hardier species of Cleveland Select pear trees.

In the future, when a decision to remove a mature tree will affect the adjacent parkway or immediate vista views of nearby homeowners, we will do our best to proactively inform those residents, in order to prepare them in advance with this information and the reasoning for these necessary decisions.