Chair of the Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission (EBTC) Benna Denue said the city applied again this year for the awards and was chosen.
"This is the sixth year Edwardsville was recognized for Tree City USA and the fifth year for the Growth Award," Denue
said a Tree City USA Award flag will be flown at the Edwardsville City Park and two signs will be placed at the city's entrances to note the awards.
In addition, she
said a plaque will be at City Hall to commemorate the awards. Denue
said the EBTC
will be continuing to achieve the requirements for the awards in 2008.
"One event a community must conduct to be awarded Tree City USA is to conduct an Arbor Day event," Denue
said."And for the past five years we have conducted one at a city school." Denue
said this year's event will be at Lincoln Middle School
on April 25. She
said a class will be planting an Oak Tree - the state tree.
In addition, Denue
will be conducting many other events this year. She
said the committee will have its annual flower pots out the first part of May.
Then, the annual Green Thumb Awards applications will be available in the coming months.
Applications will be available on the city's Web site www.cityofedwardsville.com or at City Hall located at 118 Hillsboro Ave.
said the EBTC hopes to again offer a 50/50 tree planting program for residents.
For three years, the city has offered a program to help pay for a portion of tree plantings on private property. Denue
said about 134 residents took advantage of the program last year. She
said it helped many residents replant trees that were lost in the previous year's ice storm.
"The city pays up to $75," Denue