Lyerly Considers Tree City Vote PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 July 2017 10:31
The Lyerly Town Council won’t meet this month because of vacations but when members gather in August they could vote on becoming a member of Tree City USA.
Tree City USA is a program of the non-profit National Arbor Foundation. The program encourages communities to plant trees on public property, adopt an ordinance regulating trees, adding or removing trees from public property, to establish a tree board and to celebrate Arbor Day.
The only spending the town commits to is the cost of buying new trees for planting.
“All of our council members were given a sample ordinance to look at,” said Lyerly Mayor Josh Wyatt. “Tree City USA will be on our next agenda and if the council members choose to they can vote on it in August.”
Wyatt said Councilwoman Gwen Fisher introduced the idea.
“It sounds good to me,” he said. “I think council is still considering it.”
Wyatt said the town has been planting new trees and he expects to be planting more at McLeod Park.
“We’ve already had to cut down about 10 tall pine trees at the park because the pine beetle killed them and I was told the other day that some more or our pines have died,” Wyatt said. “I think the drought last summer weakened them.”
Wyatt said the town has already planted peach trees and red buds.
Membership in Tree City USA makes the town eligible for special training in planting and maintaining trees and can help make the town more eligible for some state grants.
Summerville and Trion have already committed to the program and Menlo’s town council has been considering the program as well.  

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