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Cranbrook’s east entrance beautification gets Hydro and Tree Canada helpPosted: November 10, 2011

BC Hydro and Tree Canada will be providing up to $6,500 in funding toward a beautification project in the City of Cranbrook.

The city, through Public Works, was successful in its application for support under the BC Hydro and Tree Canada to beautify an area on the east entrance to Cranbrook on Highway 3, between the current ‘Welcome to Cranbrook’ sign and the overpass to Kimberley.

BC Hydro and Tree Canada Foundation administer the ‘Re-greening’ Program and work directly with municipalities to support tree planting in urban areas. The grant funds are dependent on the pending 2012 budget approval of council in the New Year, with city funds coming from the 2012 capital program. “The partnership program encourages slow, low growing vegetation near power lines to help restore and retain green biomass within communities,” said Diane Tammen, East Kootenay community relations manager. “Over the past 20 years BC Hydro has provided financial support for community tree planting in East Kootenay communities and throughout the province.”

“The City of Cranbrook and its residents wish to thank BC Hydro for their support of this east entrance beautification project,” says Mayor Scott Manjak. “Once again BC Hydro has demonstrated they are a great corporate citizen. I also want to thank Diane Tammen for all of her work.”

Public Works intends to irrigate the grass portion of the site between the Cranbrook sign to the pump house location. The remainder of the site will be cleaned up of some previous plantings and other vegetation, having irrigation installed and the site replaced with low growing trees and shrubs. Work is planned to begin in the spring of 2012.

Above photo:  Cranbrook Mayor Scott Manjak (centre) joined Diane Tammen, Community Relations Manager with BC Hydro (right) and City of Cranbrook Communications Officer Chris Zettel (left) to review plans for the East Entrance Beautification project, just of Highway 3 late last week.
Photo by Sally Masters, BC Hydro

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