Consumers Energy grant funds tree planting in Big Rapids

Consumers Energy grant funds tree planting in Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS — The city of Big Rapids will be adding several more trees in the medians around town in late fall, as part of the ongoing tree management plan adopted in 2020.

The city commission approved a resolution authorizing a grant agreement for the 2022 Consumers Energy Community Street and Boulevard Tree Planting program during its meeting this week.

The grant, administered through the Michigan Forestry and Park Association in the amount of $3,000, covers partial payment for 15 trees to be planted in public rights-of-way and on city-owned property.

DPW director Heather Bowman said the city will match the grant award with $2,925, which will cover the remaining costs for the trees and delivery and planting services for which the city is contracting with New Horizon Landscape.

Bowman said she and street superintendent Jake Walston selected the tree species and planting locations, which are in line with the city’s tree management plan.

“Planting activities will take place over the course of several weeks within the projected dates of Oct. 1 through Oct. 31,” Bowman said. “As the trees go into the ground, the city’s public works team will begin regular watering and maintenance activities.”

In other business, the board approved the following resolutions:

  • A bid from Fleis & Vanden Brink for additional survey work required for perfecting lot lines in the Mechanic Street housing development in the amount of $9,800, which will be shared with the housing commission.
  • A resolution accepting a grant from the Highway Infrastructure Program in the amount of $45,000 for facility renovations at Dial-A-Ride, which will include the addition of a new break room for staff and drivers.
  • A resolution approving a bid for self-contained breathing apparatus for the Big Rapids Fire Department in the amount of $176,623.
  • A resolution approving several general appropriation carry-overs from the FY2021/2022 budget to the FY2022/2023 budget. The carry-overs are necessary when a budgeted purchase does not take place, or a project is not completed by the end of the fiscal year, allowing the department to move the budgeted items into the next fiscal year.

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2022-08-17 20:36:52