With the progress of a few projects this year in Richwood, the removal of trees had many residents upset.
Village council members said they feel the village’s infrastructure is very important to maintain and the last several years has cost the village a lot of money in fixing water and sewer lines. Much of the destruction is due to the type of trees that have damaged the lines.
Council recently formed a committee to look into the type of trees that are beneficial to the landscape and less harmful to water and sewer lines. Those “water seeking” type of trees that damage lines includes willows, cottonwood and poplar trees.
Richwood’s history is due to the rich amount of trees in the area when it was founded. For several years, Richwood was named a Tree City because of a commission that took care of the village trees.
Council wants to keep the village’s tree heritage alive, but with some limitations on the type of trees to plant.
Village Solicitor Alison Boggs told council that it has the power to approve an ordinance to restrict the kinds of trees that can be planted within the village, prohibiting ones that would interfere with the waterworks of the village. Council and the tree committee will be working together to come up with guidelines for the village.
As the ODOT Beautification Project continues, crews have installed the electric wiring and the concrete platforms on which the new street lamps will be mounted. As workers began to install the new lamp posts, it was found that the wrong posts were delivered.
All street lamps were to have electric boxes installed on them for hanging lights during the holidays. Council is now waiting for lamp posts to be returned and new ones to be delivered.
Residents in the area of East Blagrove Street and Beatty Avenue are reportedly glad that the street light at that intersection has been repaired and is now working again. Several complaints were given that it was dark when students get on the school bus in the morning. After several calls to the utility company, the light is again in working order.
Two cottonwood trees will be removed soon near the beach area at Richwood Lake so that the 45×85 foot shelter house can be built. The building materials were delivered last week and after the two trees are removed, the structure will be built. There are hopes of reviving beach parties for the community.
In other business, council:
-Heard that Pickens Co. cleaned and jetted Gill Street, George Street and Fulton Street lines.
-Was informed that all uptown memorial benches and trash cans were moved to the park for the upcoming inspection for the ODOT Beautification Project. Once the inspection is done, the benches and trash cans will return to the uptown district.
-Heard the site for the new shelter at the park was leveled, hauling in 35 dump truck loads of dirt, including four loads of top soil.
-Heard a large truck ran over the street sign at Race and West Bomford streets. The pole has since been repaired.
-Was told the village received two new defibrillators last week. One is included in a police cruiser and the other is mounted on the wall at the village administration building.
-Heard that training with the fire department (CPR and AED training) will be held for the police department and public workers.
-Was informed that the pump on the Maple Street lift station is not working. It has been pumped by hand and continued to work Monday morning.
Due to Columbus Day is on Monday,Oct. 14, council will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
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