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Emmaus approves Shade Tree Commission plan

EMMAUS, Pa. - Emmaus Borough Council approved a comprehensive shade tree plan for the borough Monday evening that includes replacing nine trees this upcoming season, and will be ongoing for the next several decades.

According to a presentation made by Shade Tree Commission Members Doug Hall, Everett "Reds" Bailey, and Beverly Springer, it will take years to implement all of the tree changes and replacements outlined in the plan. The plan includes 184 pocket wells throughout the majority of downtown Emmaus for a near 10-block area.

This year the borough will change out nine trees, which will also enable it to qualify for further grants from the state to benefit the commission.

The plan includes replacing dead and diseased trees and those that are cracking and lifting sidewalks, Hall said. He added that trees that have simply reached their lifespan and usefulness would also be replaced.

He said tree removal and planting lists outlined in the plan will offer better choices than those made in the past as to what will and will not be planted in the borough. Trees requiring less maintenance, like trimming, have been selected.

Emmaus Farmers' Market

In other business, the council announced the downtown farmers' market currently held at in the BB&T bank parking lot on Main Street will be moved next month to the borough triangle at South Fourth and Main streets.

Opening sometime next month with winter hours, the farmers' spring market will run from May through next fall and will included approximately 24 vendors.

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