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Cary sets price for 2013 tree replacement program

CARY – In an effort to keep working toward replacing ash trees infested with the emerald ash borer, the village has set its tree price for its tree replacement cost-sharing program.

This year’s cost for residents is $107.50 per tree and will be for residents who have lost a parkway tree in the past 12 months. The village picks up the rest of the cost.

Notices are being sent to about 160 residents this year who have had trees removed from parkways in front of their houses, Village Administrator Chris Clark said. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 30.

Last year, the cost was $84 per tree for residents.

Clark added that with many communities dealing with emerald ash borer issues, nurseries had a lot of competition for supply.

“We felt we had competitive pricing working through the municipal partnership process,” Clark said.

The village is part of the Municipal Partnering Initiative, where municipalities bid certain projects together in an effort to get better prices.

Village officials estimate that about half of the eligible residents will participate, which was about the same amount as last year, according to village documents. The village has about 1,200 ash trees in the village right of way.

Village staff budgeted $87,000 for tree removal and replacement for this fiscal year.

To handle this year’s cost-sharing program, the village hired Arthur Weiler Inc. of Zion for $37,500.

The village has plans to remove an additional 200 trees over the winter and is considering removing about 1,000 ash trees over the next one or two years, Clark said.

Trees that residents can select to replace removed trees are Kentucky coffees, ginkgos, American lindens, Accolade elms, hackberry trees, Triumph elms, northern catalpas, European hornbeams, London plane trees, lacebark elms, skyline honey locusts or tulip trees.

Many of the trees grow to about 60 feet. Clark said the selection allows for a diversified tree population in the village parkways.

The tree replacement program is meant to “help re-establish the parkway tree population that has been affected by the emerald ash borer infestation,” according to village documents.

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