Thursday, December 5, 2013
North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones made a proclamation declaring Dec. 6 as Arbor Day in North Augusta during Monday’s city council meeting.
According to Jones, the city will look to begin its Arbor Day tradition on Friday with two ceremonies. At 10 a.m., there will be a tree planting in Calhoun Park, on the corner of Jackson and Carolina. At 2 p.m., there will be another tree planting ceremony in Boeckh Park at Hammond’s Ferry.
Roy Kibler, superintendent of property maintenance, said boy scouts, girl scouts and other local residents will be attending the celebration. Kibler also said the holiday could be a huge step for the city.
“We’re trying to build up the necessary requirements to become a Tree City USA and that is our goal,” he said. “We have one more hurdle and that is a tree ordinance for city public property such as parks and non residential property.”
Jones added, “Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community. (Trees can) lower our heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife,”
In addition to Arbor Day, the city council also voted to pay off the general obligation bond for the municipal building using money from the capital project fund. The decision will save the city about $130,000 in interest.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 16.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @ DerrekAsberry.