Friday, December 21, 2007

Chelsea to become Tree City USA?

In the Ann Arbor News this week, there was an article about the city of Chelsea considering becoming a Tree City USA.
Apparently, it was suggested by a Chelsea resident that our city become a designated Tree City USA, and the City Council is researching and considering it. The debate being whether or not we need yet another layer of government.

I'm not sure what to make of this. I am a strong proponent of environmental initiatives, but also an opponent of making day to day operations more complicated. I get a little impatient with the time and cost of meetings and paperwork involving "ordinances" and "proclamations" -- especially when the benefits are attributes like "image" and "pride". I'll be interested to follow this story and learn more about how this will benefit our city.

More information about Tree City USA can be found on the Arbor Day Foundation website. Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and some of our other neighbors in Washtenaw County have already earned this designation.


Leslie said...

To follow up on the tree ordinance topic, the following articles have recently been published in the Ann Arbor News:

Tree ordinance would guarantee a leafy future for Chelsea (1/2/08)

Tree ordinance on hold in Chelsea: Version presented to council on Tuesday dubbed too punitive (1/9/08)

Leslie said...

I hope you enjoy your visit to Chelsea. I expect you have already discovered the website. And you are welcome to email me if you have any questions about things going on in town. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Leslie said...

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Hanna said...

I'm going to visit Chelsea in a couple of weeks... I hope it's really as green and agreeable as you write :))

Nice blog, thanks.

1/19/08 11:18 PM