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Residential reminders — week of June 3

Requirements for gardeners, landscapers and tree trimmers
On May 26, the city announced that property owners should advise their landscaping service providers to “follow city regulations on the use of blowers, the hours of maintenance,” and be sure that any hired gardeners, landscapers or tree trimmers are currently licensed to work in the city.

As a reminder: gasoline-powered leaf blowers are prohibited in the city, but electric or battery-powered leaf blowers can be used between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. In addition, noise associated with property maintenance is permitted daily between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the community improvement division at (909) 399-5467.

Urban forest maintenance
Over the coming weeks, the city and its contracted trimming company, West Coast Arborists, will conduct urban forestry maintenance around Claremont. Projects will include the following:

Grid 1 tree trimming
Over the next few weeks, West Coast Arborists will finish pruning trees in Grid 1, “the area from Harrison Avenue to the southern city boundary, between Indian Hill Boulevard and the westerly city boundary.” The work began in early spring and West Coast Arborists is currently working in the Wheeler Park area.

The city wrote that all of its trees “are pruned on a regular basis using only the highest professionally accepted standards” and in a manner that will encourage good development while preserving their health, structure, and natural appearance.” During this time, minor traffic delays may occur as traffic control will be in place.

“Since this activity may result in some noise and extra traffic during this period, we ask for your patience and understanding,” the city wrote.

Tree removals
As West Coast Arborists prune Grid 1 trees, the group will also conduct removals trees determined to be dead, diseased, or hazardous. Trees scheduled for removal in this area will not be trimmed and will be replaced as part of the annual reforestation program.

Stump removals
West Coast Arborists is working in the city to remove stumps of trees that fell during January’s windstorm. Stumps cannot be removed until the DigAlert process is complete to ensure underground utilities are not disturbed. Stump removal will occur within 30 days of the completion of the DigAlert process.

DigAlert is evident by different color markings in the street and/or sidewalk adjacent to the stump.

Reforestation
Recently, the community services department concluded the city’s annual reforestation program. New trees were planted between the months of October and April because the cooler weather gives young trees the best chance of survival.

“Properties that had trees removed during the past year will automatically receive a letter for a replacement tree, including trees that fell during the windstorm,” the city wrote online on May 26. “Reforestation letters are usually sent out in late summer/early fall. The letter will include a list of species to choose from.”

Claremont’s designated street tree list can be found at ci.claremont.ca.us/government/departments-divisions/community-services/trees.

For more information regarding the street tree pruning, reforestation, or removal, contact the community services department at (909) 399-5431 or email Cari Dillman at cdillman@ci.claremont.ca.us.

Dream pillow workshop
Stop by the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., to learn basic tapestry weaving “to create a small, decorative ‘dream pillow’ stuffed with fragrant herbs and relaxing crystals.”

The three-day workshop will take place on Wednesdays, June 15, 22 and 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. The class fee is $57 for residents and $62 for non-residents, plus a $25 materials fee for all.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Joslyn Center at (909) 399-5488.

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