Union County works on beautification plan

The Union County Development Board said this week that a committee of community advocates is looking to partner with Union County, the City of Union and other local groups to beautify downtown.

The Union County Community Vibrancy Committee was created on Jan. 1 with the goal of working with the city and county to improve and beautify the downtown and parks and recreation areas. It plans to use arts, culture, green-space development and other creative projects to improve downtown.

The committee proposed a three-part plan for the transformation.

Phase One:

• Remove existing trees

• Remove stumps and roots manually with care, so as not to damage sidewalks or electrical wires and cables while removing as much of the wood as possible.

• Re-establish the top soil in each planting square with topsoil and nutrient-based solutions to stabilize and sustain growth.

Phase Two:

• Replace trees at appropriate locations. The replacement tree species may vary somewhat, depending on location, such as intersections vs. sidewalk areas.

Phase Three:

• Add public art, fountains, floral islands or planters wherever tree replacement is not feasible.

The council unanimously voted to authorize the committee to develop its plans, then bring them back to the council for approval.

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