Willard council recognizes 'tree-ific' students

Zoe Greszler • Apr 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM

WILLARD — Willard city council took time to recognize the accomplishments of local students and their appreciation of the natural creations around them.

National Arbor Day is April 27 and the community isn’t wasting any time in starting to celebration.

Fifth-grade students in Willard City Schools and St. Francis Xavier were invited to enter the annual poster contest, themed around trees and how they benefit daily life. The Willard City Chamber of Commerce chose the best of the best posters, which included winners Elizabeth Lopez-Lopez, Nayely Cirilo and Eduardo Lopez.

The city also recognized its accomplishment of being named a 2017 Tree City USA, marking 38 consecutive years of earning the award.

“It should not be taken lightly,” city manager Jim Ludban said in his council comments. “It represents the consistent effort of several generations of council, employees and citizens. We are proud and pleased to continue the tradition.”

In other happenings, Ludban said Willard was pleased to get equipment needed to offer community family movie nights.

“We were able to get the inflatable screens for it,” he said. “Between and us and Norwalk, were going to try to find the money for the sound systems as well to have the family movie nights soon.” 

Council also:

* Heard the city is looking into “junk” being found in the sewers, including old clumps of rags and a large chunk of asphalt about the size of a large beachball. The section of sewage the refuse was found in feeds from several local businesses, which Ludban said all denied disposing of the items. 

* Accepted more than $3,400 in donations, including $1,092.18 of which was requested to specifically benefit the clocktower project.

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