After two public meetings in Quincy last year on how to prepare for the emerald ash borer, the costs appear staggering to another community that is starting to deal with the invasive species.
Galesburg could spend more than $900,000 on ash tree removal and treatment through 2019. The Register-Mail reported that the bug will affect 600 trees lining streets and parks.
It is expected to take five years to remove the trees. Treatment and tree removal could continue beyond 2019.
In November, Jeff Palmer, a certified arborist with tree injection technology company Arborjet, told Quincy officials that treating trees can help stem removal costs. It costs about $60 per tree, and it has to be administered every two years.
A 2000 survey showed 1,042 ash trees on city-owned property in Quincy, representing 9 percent of the city’s 11,592 trees. While the emerald ash borer has not been discovered in the area, it is only a matter of time.
Native to Asia, the beetle was first discovered in Detroit in 2002. Millions of ash trees in the Midwest have been decimated by the bug. The insect was first discovered in Illinois in 2006, and ash trees in Chicago and the Bloomington/Normal area have been lost because of the destructive bug.
Democrats will be listed first on the April 9 ballot after a drawing Wednesday morning at City Hall. Two pingpong balls — one with a D and one with an R — were placed in a paint can that City Clerk’s Office uses for United Way raffles.
The ball was drawn by City Hall employee Tess Bratton. Witnessing the drawing were Jim Perry, chairman of the Adams County Republican Central Committee, and Ray Thomas of the Adams County Democrats.
Republicans were drawn for the top spot in the 2011 and 2009 elections. The last time Democrats were atop the ballot was in 2007.
Quincy Republican mayoral candidate Kyle Moore maintains a cash advantage over Mayor John Spring, a Democrat who is trying to win a third term.
For the reporting period for last three months of 2012, Moore reported that his campaign brought in $9,979 and spent $3,871. His campaign account had $36,420 on hand at the time. Notable contributions include $2,000 each from Harold Knapheide III and Harold Knapheide IV.
Spring reported raising $1,525 during the same period with expenditures of $423. His campaign reported available funds of $19,111. The only contribution that required reporting was the $375 from the Bank of Springfield.
This is the last report on campaign contributions until the April 9 election, except for larger contributions. Since Jan. 1, Spring has reported receiving $5,000 from Foresight Energy Services of St. Louis, while Moore received $5,000 from State Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy.
While the White House has supported economic stimulus legislation in the past, don’t expect it to include technology from “a long time ago in galaxy far, far away.”
In a response to an online petition, President Barack Obama’s administration said it will not consider building a $850 quadrillion (that’s $850,000,000,000,000,000) space station capable of destroying planets.
“The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon,” said the response.
The response then touts the nations efforts in space exploration, including the International Space Station.
Petitions submitted to the White House receive a response if they exceed 25,000 signatures within 30 days, though that appears to have been increased to 100,000 signatures as of Tuesday.
You have to smile at the tongue in cheek response, especially “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
Gov. Pat Quinn spoke with reporters Tuesday about the need for pension reform in Illinois. He encouraged lawmakers to approve a plan, but he offered little specifics on what he would like to see. Lawmakers are down to the wire as new legislators will be sworn in Wednesday.
The embedded file will take you to the video from Blue Room Stream. Quinn walks into the room at 39:30, so you will have to skip quite a bit.