Concerning trees on city property, the commission discussed the future of those trees and the development of a citywide maintenance plan for trees as they age.
Last month, the commission toured parts of the Kanawha City neighborhood in response to residents' concerns about the stability of the trees, particularly after one collapsed on a house this summer. Some trees in the neighborhood are over 100 years old.
Commission member Chuck Denham, who lives in Kanawha City and is part of the Kanawha City Community Association, suggested a census of trees on city property. Each tree would be documented, with details about location, closest address, species, condition and size.
Denham said while he knows the project would be a "huge undertaking," it would be beneficial for developing a citywide maintenance plan for trees or "tree conservation program."
Kanawha City would be the first neighborhood to undergo such a census, in part because of resident concerns in that area. The census would then be expanded to other neighborhoods.
Public workers could assist in the census, but the majority of the work would rely on volunteers, Denham said. He expects people interested in botany, as well as concerned residents, would be interested in assisting.
"It's more about keeping what we have and minimizing hazards," he said.
The census proposal will be discussed at the next Kanawha City Community Association meeting on Sept. 26.