Staff recommends approval for the City Manager to submit a Tree City USA Application for Recertification to the National Arbor Day Foundation to have Leesburg maintain its designation as a Tree City USA.
In April, 2001, the National Arbor Day Foundation designated the City of Leesburg as a Tree City USA.. The foundation recognizes U.S. towns and cities that develop urban forestry programs. The purpose of the Tree City USA program is to focus on the promotion of tree care and urban forestry. Over 2,200 communities are a part of the program.
To qualify for this designation, Leesburg developed a Tree Board, revised our Tree Ordinance, passed an Arbor Day Proclamation and held an Arbor Day observance. The City received a plaque, a Tree City USA flag, and community entrance signs which demonstrate to the community the City’s participation in this program. The Tree City USA award helps make the public more aware of the community tree planting and care activities.
The Tree City USA designation must be renewed annually. Therefore, an application for recertification must be filed with the National Arbor Day Foundation.
1. Approve submission of Tree City USA Application for Recertification or;
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate.
There is no fee for recertification as a Tree City USA. However, as a part of the application process, the City is required to report community forestry expenditures. These expenditures were obtained from projects already included in regular annual budgets from the Electric Department (Tree Trimming Division), the Recreation and Parks Department (Parks Division), and Florida Division of Forestry Grants. There are no additional costs associated with this program.
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT A TREE CITY USA APPLICATION FOR RECERTIFICATION TO THE NATIONAL ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RENEWING THE CITY OF LEESBURG'S DESIGNATION AS A TREE CITY USA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the City Manager is hereby authorized and directed to submit a Tree City USA application for Recertification to the National Arbor Day Foundation for the purpose of renewing the City of Leesburg’s designation as a Tree City USA.
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately upon its passage and adoption according to law.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _11____ day of _December_____ 2006