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Council looks into saving Christmas

October 9, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Oct. 1 Poland Village Council meeting, a discussion was held regarding saving the Village's Christmas tree. Each December the Village decorates a tall Blue Spruce that stands next to a small, young Blue Spruce at Village Hall. That tree is now under attack from a fungus.

Councilman Mike Thompson said he had Davey Tree Service check into it, and the tree can be saved at a cost.

"The tree is suffering from a fungus on the needles," Thompson said. "It is a treatable fungus that will arrest the tree in the state it is in."

He said the fungus causes the needles to drop off and once that happens they will never grow back. To save the tree from further damage would require fertilizing it this fall to let it gain strength to accept the treatment next spring.

"If we treat it now, we won't see the effects for one to two years," Thompson said.

He said the cost of treating the tree would be $600 annually. Once the tree was treated, it would have to be treated annually to prevent the fungus from returning. It was recommended to treat the young Spruce as well. To replace the Spruce with the largest possible Spruce tree would cost between $500-600 and was recommended to be treated as well.

A motion to have Davey Tree service treat the Spruce was made and tabled for a future meeting.

On a different issue, Brian Downie was approved to replace John Yerian on the Architectural Review Board. Yerian had moved out of the area and could not finish his term.

Downie was asked to tell Council a little about himself.

"I am a fourth generation general contractor," he said. "[My family and] I moved to Poland in 2006 and I am honored to serve on this board."

In other business:

Council set Trick-or-Treat for 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Approval was given for a resolution authorizing the mayor of the Village of Poland to execute and file an application with the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments for an ODOT transportation alternatives program grant.



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