Alabama Power contributes to city’s beauty

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2001

Staff Writer

Jan. 10, 2001 10 PM

Troy officials are working to improve the beauty and environment of the city.

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With a $2,000 Urban Tree Development Program from Alabama Power, trees will be added to the city’s park and recreation facilities.

Raymond Sexton, who oversees grounds for the city, said the funds will be used to purchase trees for municipal property, such as the Sportsplex.

"We’re in a situation where we’re growing by leaps and bounds and have no shade," Sexton said of the Sportsplex.

Dan Smith, director of the Troy Parks and Recreation Department, the trees will be planted at the parks and recreation facilities to make improvements, not only to looks, but to the environment, as well.

Sexton said trees will also be planted at the Colley Senior Complex "where we lost trees there because of the parking lot" that was created this past summer.

Troy Mayor Jimmy Lunsford said trees that have been planted in recent years have been great additions to the city.

"We encourage people to be cognizant of trees already in place," Lunsford said of those who are planning subdivisions.

He also urged developers and homeowners to talk to Sexton about what trees to keep or plant and how to irrigate them property so they are not lost.

Sexton said he is always available to help someone learn more about trees so the environment and beauty of Troy is maintained.