Staff recommends Sycamore City Council approval of this year’s tree planting program bid

September 17, 2018

SYCAMORE – The City Council will consider awarding a bid for this year’s tree planting program during its meeting Monday night.

Residents interested in participating in the program can buy a tree from a list of 10 trees to be planted in the front yard.

The city opened bids for the program Tuesday and received only one bid of $18,020 from Stran’s Garden Center and Landscaping, 1070 E. State St.

Mayor Curt Lang said the city has had the program available to residents for several years. He said the program helps Sycamore keep its “Tree City” distinction with the Arbor Day Foundation and, since it’s already budgeted, the program doesn’t affect the tax rates of nonparticipating residents.

“It’s a way that we can beautify our city with trees and help encourage people to plant trees and give our city an appealing landscape,” Lang said.

The city pays for half of the cost of the tree and planting as part of the program, according to the City Council’s Monday meeting agenda. Residents can pay $200 a tree to have a Kentucky coffee tree planted. They also can pay $178 a tree to have a skyline honey locust, State Street Miyabe maple, Sienna Glen maple, Marmo Freeman maple, Autumn Blaze maple, common hackberry, Princeton elm, Triumph elm or Patriot elm planted.

CIty staff is recommending that the program be limited to a maximum of one tree a residence through Oct. 2, the agenda said. Orders will be taken at the city clerk’s office, when the resident will receive a stake to be placed in the front yard to indicate the desired location of the tree.

Each tree will be planted between Oct. 10 and Nov. 7 and is guaranteed for one year. City staff reviewed the bids and recommended the council’s approval of awarding the contract to Stran’s Garden Center, the Monday agenda said.

The council’s meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St.

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