|Highland Heights city council member John Hoffert reads the letter from the national Arbor Day Foundation recognizing the city as a" Tree City."|
by Robin Gee, city council beat editor
At its March 3 meeting, Highland Heights city council member John Hoffert announced the city has earned a Tree City designation from the Arbor Day Foundation.
|OrangeTheory Fitness, Newport Pavilion|
To be eligible for Tree City recognition, the city had to meet four standards set by the national foundation:
- Creation of a tree board or department
- A basic public tree care ordinance to form a foundation of a city tree care program
- A forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita to be used for tree planting, care and removal in the city
- An Arbor Day observance and proclamation
Hoffert also nominated the Highland Heights Tree Commission for the city’s Good Neighbor Award. Members include Diane Brossart (chair), Jean Rauf (co-chair), Christie Fillhardt (secretary), Tom Mann and Tom Schulte.
An Arbor Day celebration had been scheduled for the end of April but, due to the need to protect the health and safety of all residents during the current crisis, the city has suspended the event along with other public events scheduled for April.
Keep an eye on the Highland Heights city website for more information. Also note, the next city council meeting, scheduled for April 7, also has been canceled.