Community Update: Observe “Work Zone Awareness” as construction season proceeds, Beautify your neighborhood through the Community Tree Sale, Arbor Day is near – plant a tree, leave a legacy

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Observe “Work Zone Awareness” as construction season proceeds

Photo by Travis Plowman/WRCM – When driving locally or statewide, drivers are asked to stay alert in work areas.

Will Spring arrive so we can transition our Public Works activities?! Of course it will, but when?!

April 9 to 13 has been designated Work Zone Awareness Week in Wisconsin. This event is designed to prevent traffic crashes and injuries in construction and maintenance areas along Wisconsin’s roadways.

Whether driving locally or statewide, drivers are asked to stay alert in work areas.  As the spring thaw begins, our City’s Public Works department are out filling potholes, removing sand from city roads, picking up brush and more, so please slow down in the work areas to keep our workers safe.

The week long event includes awarenesses of local municipal projects, utility work and emergency response situations, as well as major highway construction and rolling maintenance operations.  

How can you help?

  • Be especially cautious while driving in areas where workers are present;
  • Eliminate distractions such as the temptation to grab your phone;
  • Obey posted speed limits; and
  • Be courteous and patient.

More tips and information are available here.

Whether we’re working, walking or driving in a work zone, everyone wants to make it home safe at night. Let’s work together to be safe!

Beautify your neighborhood through the Community Tree Sale

Spring is officially here despite the scene outside portraying a wintery look; and the Mayor’s Council on Beautification’s Annual Community Tree Sale is under way.

Through Monday, May 7, you can place an order for your property … or, you can generously donate a tree to spruce up city property. You can also order in honor of or remembrance of a special loved one – memorial plaques are available at additional cost. Money from the sale helps to fund more beautification projects for the city.

You can order from among four species of three- to ten-foot bare root trees for $65 apiece:

  • Autumn Blaze Maple – Rapid growth in an upright manner, drought tolerance and orange-red fall color; grows to 50’-60’x40’.
  • Donald Wyman Crabapple Upright in youth and rounds into maturity, with glossy green foliage and white flowers that give way to small, red fruit; 20’x20’.
  • Profusion Crabapple Upright, spreading crabapple features abundant, purple-red flowers with pink centers; purple foliage fades to bronze-green; 18’-24’x25’.
  • Whitespire Birch Displays chalk-white bark and a hardy nature that is tolerant of most soil conditions and considered pest resistant; grows to 30’-40’x20’.

Pick-up takes place at the City Garage in mid May.

For more information, or to place an order, call Sue Winch at 715-213-1747 or e-mail swinch9@gmail.com.

Arbor Day is near – plant a tree, leave a legacy

City file photo- Celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree.

It was in 1872, a Nebraska newspaper editor and, later, Secretary of Agriculture J. Sterling Morton suggested setting aside a special day for tree planting. That idea is now more important than ever. In addition to adding value to your home, trees regulate the temperature of your neighborhood, and provide food for wildlife.

Arbor Day takes place this year on Friday, April 27. Here are a few suggestions for commemorating the day:

  • Plant a tree;
  • Choose a public park or downtown area to clean up;
  • Hold an Arbor Day block party; and
  • Organize a Big Tree or Oldest Tree search within your community.

You can find other ideas by checking the Arbor Day Foundation website.

Together, let’s work to make our community cleaner and greener. Plant a tree, and watch it grow!

Thank you for reading.

Mayor Zach Vruwink

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