Since the B&B Theatres’ Main Street Cinema 8 opened in downtown Hannibal in March 2009, five tree squares have remained empty along the sidewalk that extends down South Main, next to the theater. That will soon be changing.
During its Wednesday meeting the Hannibal Tree Board voted to purchase trees for the cutout areas next to B&B Theatres.
“The tree holes have been empty since the theater was built and we’ve always wanted to be able to include that into the Main Street project, but the only trees that were budgeted in the project area were north of Broadway, along Main to North Street,” said Kristy Trevathan of the Tree Board.
According to Brian Chaplin, project manager for the city, the trees will cost approximately $1,800. That fee includes the purchase of the trees, their planting, mulch and a one-year guarantee.
“We always budget for about 10 new trees and we usually plant them ourselves. In this case we did feel because time was of the essence, there would be five trees and they were in a more difficult type planting (area), instead of a park or grassy area, they require a little bit more professional planting, we would go ahead and authorize that amount of money,” said Trevathan.
The funds necessary to purchase and plant the trees will come out of the Tree Board’s 2013-14 budget.
“It will mean that we’ll be able to plant less in different areas, but that (downtown) is certainly one of our project areas,” said Trevathan. “We felt it was a good plus to be able to move forward on that at this time. The Tree Board will look for other opportunities, or donations, or other ways of making money so we can continue to plant in the downtown area.”
Chaplin applauded the Tree Board’s decision.
“I’m glad they went ahead and allowed that,” he said. “That will complete the project. There’s five boxes that are open and I’d hate to see them left open and make an eyesore you don’t want to see.”
The trees will be purchased from Murphy’s Lawn Care and Landscaping of Palmyra, which will also plant the trees.
The trees being planted on South Main will be the same as will be going in along North Main - Skyline Locust.
The planting of trees on Main Street will be beginning soon.
“I think you’re going to start seeing trees (being planted) within five to seven days,” said Chaplin.
Page 2 of 2 - With the trees due to go in soon, the Tree Board agreed now was the time to act in order to guarantee continuity.
“We felt it was going to be critical to go ahead and at this time make sure that the trees were all planted at the same time so they’d be a comparable size and species,” said Trevathan.