MORAINE — The City of Vandalia received a $50,000 grant from Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) as part of the company’s Right Tree, Right Place initiative. The funds will be used to plant 72 trees trees at the Vandalia Art Park.
“We’re very excited to receive this grant and very grateful to Dayton Power and Light for their support of our plan,” said City of Vandalia Communications Manager Rich Hopkins. “This money will be used to help beautify one of our emerging amenities, the Vandalia Art Park. As a Tree City, USA member, we understand the importance of trees, and we appreciate the need to locate those trees in areas in which they will not interfere with the delivery of utilities.”
The presentation was made Friday morning which was also Arbor Day.
The grants are offered to Tree City, USA communities to plant trees in city parks or public areas to enhance the landscape.
“Trees are an important part of the environment which beautify our neighborhoods and communities,” says the DP&L Right Tree, Right Place website. “The type of trees and their placement along with other vegetation could impact the safety and reliability of electric services to our customers. Designed with our customers in mind, Right Tree, Right Place encourages customers to plant smart with utilities in mind.”
Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer declared last Thursday, April 27, as DP&L Plant Smart Day in the city.
“The City of Vandalia will encourage its residents to adhere to the tree, shrub and other landscaping guidelines of the Right Tree, Right Place program when planting on their property,” Setzer said in a proclamation. “As a result of this cooperation, the city and its residents will be taking steps to increase the reliability and safety of the electrical system in their area.”
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