By Naomi Hatch —
Students from Taylor Intermediate School presented the Taylor Town Council with a check for $1,000 last week to purchase trees.
TIS Student Council President Colten Despain explained that students paid 25 cents to wear a hat on hat day, with the proceeds set aside to purchase trees for Freeman Park. The students raised $500 and the PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) matched that amount.
“Six to seven months ago Debbie (Tuckfield) contacted me about the desire of the kids to have this project,” said Town Manager Eric Duthie. “We immediately got on board.”
Rick Evans, assistant engineer, was asked to create a plan for placement of the trees in Freeman Park, and made a PowerPoint presentation at the special March 16 council meeting.
Evans noted that Freeman Park has clay soil and shallow rock, which is not good for planting trees, but is good for soccer fields. He explained that cottonwood and globe willows would grow well in that soil, but cottonwood trees are water thirsty, so he recommended globe willows, which do not require a lot of water. They are fast growing and after two years have developed a root system. They are native to China and grow to 40’ high with a large canopy, giving shade in eight to 10 years.
Evans provided a map of the proposed planting of 14 trees, which will provide shade to the kiddie playground and kid’s playground, as well as existing picnic pavilions and future picnic pavilions. If the town is able to purchase more than 14 trees with the donation, they will be planted at Rodeo Park.
Evans explained that they will plant the trees by excavating large holes with a backhoe and filling them with topsoil.
“We appreciate all your initiative and time you took to do this,” said Duthie, noting that the students will be notified and will help plant the trees.
“That’s very impressive that you can come up with $1,000. We’re very appreciative of that,” Councilman Jay Whipple told the students.
“You will be able to come back from year to year and see what you started, and, hopefully, for years people will be able to enjoy the shade,” said Mayor Debbie Tuckfield.
The council also canvassed the votes from the March 8 primary election and approved Resolution R-2011-02, declaring the results of the election.
Town Clerk Kelly Jones noted that there are 2,140 registered voters. A total of 709 ballots were cast, with 10 ballots to be verified and two found ineligible. In the race for three council seats, Greg Cardita received 234 votes, John Fay Hatch, 444, Robin Palmer, 299, Shawn Palmer, 540, Gary Solomon, 361, and Lon Willis, 105. Certificates of election were issued for Shawn Palmer, Hatch and Solomon. The town will not hold a general election. The Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or Home Rule option, passed 530-111.