Minutes of the Maintenance Committee held on Tuesday 21 November 2000 at 8.00pm in the Community Centre Present: HM Smith (chair) B Jefferson PK Oldham LC Twinn the clerk 1 Apologies for Absence - RLE Waters 554/00 2 Minutes The minutes of the meeting of 16 October 00 were approved and signed as a true record. 555/00 3 Quotation PC2236 a) £550 to grub out Russian Vine at Rowans play area. Committee felt that this was rather high. The clerk to seek another quote. b) £150 to grub out wild rose from the border in Hawthorn Hedge play area - accepted. c) £50 to grub out brambles by post office - not accepted. Brambles to be cut back hard each year. d) £90 to grub out wild rose at Sycamores car park area - not accepted - should be cut back hard within contract. 556/00 4 Quotation PC2234 a) £90 to cut down six conifers behind bund rear of Butcher Close - accepted. b) £50 to remove lower branches of horse chestnut Memorial Green - accepted subject to clarification by Herald with PKO. c) £140 to reduce trees at Hawthorn Hedge - accepted. The clerk to confirm cost. d) Quotation PC2247 - £75 for tree pruning behind 33/35 The Oaks - accepted. 557/00 5 Contract Quotations for alterations to the contract had been circulated. AGREED - to accept quotation of £463 to keep all areas around signs and along fence lines weed free; [clerk to confirm that this was in effect an increase of £263 from the £200 paid in 2000/01]; - to accept quotation of £530 to keep trees along bund, Humphries Way etc weed free [increase of £100]; - to accept reduction of £150 as land along side A10 had now been removed from contract; - not to accept quotation of £285 for cutting and collecting daffodil cuttings - as this was considered too high; - to point out that the areas adjacent the Community Centre and bowls green were already part of the contract and should be cut weekly at no extra cost [quotation of £720 received]; - to query extra cost of £40 for cutting cemetery. The clerk would query Herald's inflation figure of 3%. Committee would await Herald's response before finalising contract. The above decisions to be ratified by Council at its December meeting. 558/00 6 Footpaths HMS, BJ, LCT, RLEW + the clerk had met with Patrick Joyce County Council Access Development Officer to discuss a possible circular walk north of Milton and linking with the bund. He agreed to investigate both this and the possibility of improving the surface of the haling way [min 517/00]. AGREED that clerk should inform residents of Council's intention to cut a path through the trees on the bund [min 521/00] and to defer discussing quotation for creating path until responses are received. 559/00 7 Any other business It was suggested that trees offered by RD and HMS be planted on the bund by The Sycamores and Humphries Way. The meeting ended at 9.05pm.