Sanford pursues 'Tree City' status

Oct. 31, 2013 @ 04:30 AM

The city of Sanford is one step closer to officially being recognized as a Tree City.

Sanford City Council gathered for a brief meeting Tuesday to approve the city's application to join the Tree City USA Program, which designates a town or city's commitment to caring for and managing public trees.

The city must reach four standards to be designated a Tree City, according to Downtown Sanford Inc. Executive Director David Montgomery, which include establishing a tree board, creating a community tree ordinance, operating a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

As of early August, the city of Sanford has met these four criteria, Montgomery said.   

Council member Rebecca Wyhof, who serves on the city's Appearance Commission, said the group has worked extremely hard on this project.

"We are very excited about the Tree City USA application," she said. "We hope it will be successful."

In other matters, Council:

* Approved the temporary closure of Arbor Lane, Tryon Street, King Street, Park Avenue, Circle Avenue, Diffie Street, Hillcrest Drive, Pershing Street, South Vance Street, South Gulf Street and South Steele Street where they intersect with Wicker and/or Carthage Street from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2 for the Central Carolina Jaycees 2013 Christmas Parade.

* Considered canceling its Nov. 13 Law and Finance Committee meeting because of a lack of agenda items.

* Heard comments from Wyhof, who encouraged all city residents to participate in the upcoming municipal election.