EATON — During a Monday, May 16, meeting, city officials thanked Eaton Rotarians for a generous donation to help reforest areas of Fort St. Clair where emerald ash borer infestation had led to the necessary removal of trees.
Eaton Rotary members provided $4,000 to reimburse the city for trees which were purchased and planted to replace the trees which were removed.
Mayor David Kirsch thanked the club with a proclamation, which he read into the record: “The City of Eaton is so fortunate to have many beautiful parks, including historic Fort St. Clair; and, whereas recently it became imperative that many of the trees in our parks needed to be removed, creating areas devoid of the canopies of lush landscape visitors had become accustomed to enjoying; and, whereas, replanting has become a priority for the city.
“The far-reaching benefits of this gift will be so appreciated by the families of the Eaton area and beyond for many years to come,” Kirsch noted.
Assistant City Manager Joe Ferriell presented information regarding projects currently under way in the city, from paving area streets and work on the St. Clair Bridge, to the completion of the new pool/aquatic center.
In other business, council:
•Approved a resolution declaring the necessity of an election to seek renewal of the .5% municipal income tax for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the department of public safety for the period Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2019.
•Authorized a contract with RKM Fireworks for the fireworks exhibition at this year’s Eaton Boom & Blast Festival being sponsored again by Kettering Health Network. The fireworks exhibition is planned for Sunday, June 26.
•Entered executive session to discuss personnel and compensation. No action was taken following the session.
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