The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 23, 2013

Geneva, Madison to swap trees for flower planters

By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

GENEVA —  Madison and Geneva are working out an Earth Day trade — big trees for discarded planters.

The Geneva Community Improvement Corp. has been working with the Madison Community Improvement Corp. to trade 20 foot tall trees for the new pavilion next to the Geneva Community Center, Geneva City Manager Jim Pearson said. The “well-established” trees will be traded for the concrete flower boxes the city removed from the downtown area.

The trees are from a Madison school property. The concrete planters are at the street department and not in use, Pearson said.

“The trees are well established and are about 20 feet tall,” Pearson said. “The CIC would like these trees to be planted at the newly constructed pavilion and they feel these trees will provide some valuable shade during events over the summer months.”

The pavilion, which is still under construction, is a project supported by the Geneva Rotary. The open-air shelter will be a hot spot for summer concerts and events, Pearson said.

“The CIC and the Rotary have been working on the pavilion project over the past several months and the progress is moving along very well,” he said. “The floor was installed last week and the plans are under way to complete the balance of the trim work and ceiling.”

Pearson said the trees for planters swap is a deal as the Geneva CIC would only have to pay for the removal and subsequent replanting of the trees.

The pavilion will get a first public look at the CIC’s annual meeting, which will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion, weather permitting. The meeting is open to the public, but reservations are required and can be made by calling 466-4675, ext. 201, or emailng Tammy Shuttleworth at administration@genevaohio.com