By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township is looking to update the landscaping around its town hall and various parks.
Arcadia Gardens, a landscape and design company from Stevensville, gave trustees a look at conceptual designs of what would be updated at North Lake Park, Lincoln Township Beach, Rudnick Park, the soccer field sign, the community center sign and the township’s municipal building.
Treasurer Terrie Smith said the drawings by Arcadia were done pro bono and won’t be included in the cost.
“We want to freshen up the entrances’ appearance to the parks around each one of the signs,” Smith said. “We want to make it more inviting. The plan is to stick with plants that need less upkeep and are native to the area. (Designer Anna Brooks) is also looking at striking up the appearance of the front and sides of the municipal building.”
The project’s total cost is listed as $18,000. However, that figure was determined prior to trustees’ requests for Arcadia to incorporate designs for landscaping at the Lincoln Township and Hickory Bluff cemeteries, the fire department and the town hall sign along John Beers Road.
Smith said if the plans are approved at the budget workshops in March, Arcadia could begin planting the foliage in the spring or as soon as weather is permissible. Once installed, the landscaping would require minimal maintenance by the Public Works Department.
“We’ll have everything finalized for the workshop where the board can decide whether it will be approved,” Smith said.
The project calls for flowers and other vegetation to be planted, ranging from dogwood trees to black-eyed Susans. Proposed landscaping around the town hall accounts for the majority of work, about $11,000 of the total cost.
Supervisor Dick Stauffer said he doesn’t recall a project being done like this for the township, but thinks it is a long time coming.
“I think we’ve always had a concern about the fact that we do need some landscaping,” he said. “In the summertime, our lack of landscaping is apparent, particularly around the Township Hall. This will be scrutinized just like the other line items by board members when deciding what makes the budget. We do have a parks fund, except its money is transferred in through the general fund.”
The township’s budget will be approved in March before the start of the 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins April 1.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Jan. 14, 2016)