Fairbury City Council approves plan to clear ash trees from parks

FAIRBURY, NE – The Fairbury City Council approved a recommendation from the Public Works Committee on Tuesday, regarding the adoption of the Annual Comprehensive Municipal Tree Plan for the City of Fairbury.

Fairbury’s three parks, McNish Park, City Park and Crystal Springs Park, are always checked for any dead or dangerous trees that need to be removed.

Crystal Springs Park, which is managed by the Fairbury Water Department, faces a looming emerald ash borer invasion. Roughly 177 trees in this park are ash trees, and are likely to be destroyed by the quickly approaching emerald ash borer.

For this reason, a phased tree removal and replacement project was recommended by the Nebraska Forest Service in 2017.

Emerald ash borers were found in Lincoln back in late August.

Once funding is secured by the city, all ash trees, whether they’re healthy or not, will be removed and replaced by a more diverse stock of trees to avoid future insect or disease problems.

Also on Tuesday night

The city council approved the application of funding for three new outdoor warning sirens for the city on Tuesday night.

City administrator Collin Biesler says three new sirens will cost about $75,000 in total. Biesler first reported in May that one of the three sirens currently in Fairbury does not work.

The other two are so outdated that replacement parts are no longer available.

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