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Spring Hope disbands inactive tree board

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SPRING HOPE — The Spring Hope Board of Commissioners has disbanded the town’s Tree Board, which hasn’t met in at least four years.

Responsibilities formally held by the all-but-defunct Tree Board will fall to the town’s Downtown Development Board within a soon-to-be-created subcommittee, according to a decision reached by the commissioners at their most recent monthly meeting.

“The advantages of moving over these duties is that many members on this board already serve on other official boards, which may cause issues for serving on too many boards,” said Town Manager Jae Kim. “Also, having a committee, those serving on them can come and go freely without having to serve any specific term.”

Commissioners established the Tree Board years ago to consist of five residents and ex-officio members such as the town manager or town engineer as needed. Whether the Tree Board should be continued was first considered at the October meeting of the Downtown Development Board as it discussed trees and shrubs in the town’s central depot area.

“The question was brought up about who had official input as to what happens to town trees, shrubs and bushes in that area or other parts of town,” Kim said. “Officially it is the responsibility of the Tree Board, which has not met during my tenure.”

Kim became town manager in February 2016. He said he didn’t know until recently who the members of the Tree Board even were.

The Tree Board’s duties and responsibilities will be amended within the framework of the town’s longstanding Downtown Development Board.