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Board awards tree inventory bid

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The Crawfordsville Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday awarded Davey Resource Group the bid to document and put together a tree inventory and urban forestry management plan.

The contract is for $32,125, which will be funded using a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The project is supported by Crawfordsville Main Street and Tipmont REMC’s EnviroWatts program. 

The Indianapolis-based company will document the age and condition of each tree in a public right-of-way or park and flag risks of hazards or disease. The data is then posted to an online database for street and utility workers, similar to the Beacon system for property records.

After the city last conducted a professional tree count in 2004, more than 60 percent of the canopy was the same species, which increases the risk of disease or infestation.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a request from Wade Bennett with the Montgomery County Swine Project to park trailers at the Yard Waste Site during the Montgomery County 4-H Fair next week. The board also approved a request from Chad Edwards to place a Dumpster in front of his home at 612 E. Jefferson St. until July 17.

• Public hearings were conducted for two trucks from the wastewater department that are for sale. The board did not receive any bids to purchase the 2001 F-650 or the 1995 F-800.

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