By Erica Madison
“We’re looking at deferred maintenance”, said Vice-Mayor Doug deHaan. “What kind of budget do we have set aside for these major repairs?”
Vice Mayor deHaan was asking this question in regards to a report given by Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant regarding the need for park and facility repairs.
Gallant said that first an assessment was needed in order to gauge the amount of funds needed to perform the repairs.
“A $140,000 assessment to help create a budget to prevent deferred maintenance”, said Gallant.
Among the laundry list of work needed to repair the parks and facility, the Council was surprised to hear that the parks’ trees also needed help.
The trees are at or near maximum life expectancy and are starting to fall down. The current Master Street Tree plan only included street trees.
The interim City Manager suggested that another master tree plan for parks should be added into the proposed parks facilities master plan.
“Falling trees is a major hazard”, said Mayor Beverly Johnson, “We need to take action before they fall because we have some pretty big trees.”