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Sharpsburg taking steps to apply for tree grant

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sharpsburg officials plan to create an ordinance covering trees with the hope they could receive a grant to plant trees in the borough next year.

Borough officials had considered applying for a TreeVitalize grant but while they had members of the public works department take tree tending courses, Sharpsburg does not have a shade tree commission or regulations for trees.

Both are needed to qualify for the grant from TreeVitalize, a partnership led by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy with the goal of increasing the number of shade trees in local communities.

A sample ordinance is available from TreeVitalize that can be formatted to fit the borough's needs.

Borough secretary Jan Barbus said issues have come up concerning tree cutting regulations in the borough and it would be wise to have an ordinance in place.

“We don't have one and we've had some issues of late,” Barbus said.

Halloween

Sharpsburg will donate $300 to the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department's annual Halloween program.

The borough makes an annual donation for the event.

Next meeting

The next council meeting is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the borough building on Main Street.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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