A $25,000 URBAN FORESTRY GRANT made to the City of Crystal Springs was a focus of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen last week. Canadian National Railroad funds the planting of 600,000 to 800,000 trees annually to replace those utilized for their railroad ties. From left are CN Executive Gerald Duckworth, Aldermen Powell, Singleton, Mayor Garland, Aldermen Brown and Thornton and American In Bloom Administrator Bill Hahn.
Waste Management was the low bidder on providing garbage pickup for the citizens of Crystal Springs and the program will advance to negotiations between the company and Mayor Sally Garland. Gerald Duckworth of Canadian National Railroad and Bill Hahn of America In Bloom were present to underscore a $25,000 urban forestry grant made to the City of Crystal Springs by CN Railroad. Preliminary work had been done to prepare beds for planting trees as soon as the weather permits. Officials discussed a “friendly” annexation on Highway 27 west of Crystal Springs for future action. Blocking of East Railroad Avenue for Mainstreet’s Downtown Christmas Market Friday, December 13 was approved. Toys for Tots efforts were announced including presentation of bicycles by city officials. Mayor’s Report Mayor Garland reported on efforts to provide meals for needy on Thanksgiving and appreciation for the Veterans Day Parade by Crystal Springs students. She announced the annual Crystal Springs Christmas Parade this year on Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. and the lighting of the Christmas Tree Friday, December 13 at 5 p.m. with stores open after each event. A delay in the MDOT grant program for the walkway to Chautauqua Park has been worked out and the project is to start immediately. Other Matters After approval of claims totaling $485,039 the board adjourned for November to meet again on December 3 at 6 p.m.
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