Philomath Public Works building
Philomath Public Works (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Thursday meeting will also include discussion on establishment of Heritage Tree Program

The Philomath Public Works Committee plans to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday with an agenda that includes discussion of the city’s 2022-23 Capital Improvement Plan as well as consideration of establishing a Heritage Tree Program.

The Capital Improvement Plan discussion involves the committee making a recommendation to the City Council on various projects, projected equipment replacement and facility needs. The proposed plan represents a three-year forecast which serves as a tool to match the capital needs of the community with financial resources in order to preserve or enhance city services.

The City Council at its Dec. 13 meeting requested that the Tree Board take a look at whether or not a Heritage Tree Program should be developed for Philomath. Such programs recognize and encourage appreciation of trees, including those with historic significance to the community.

Committee members are city councilors Ruth Causey, Matt Lehman and David Low. Tree Board members are Rick Flacco and Lorri Hendon.

Also on the agenda are a few routine matters, such as the election of a committee chair and vice chair.

The meeting will be conducted through Zoom with indoor masking protocols in place. The public can watch the meeting in person at City Hall (mask required) or via live-stream on the city’s Facebook page.