“It’s really nice to be out here at Crown Hill Cemetery, planting some trees to be able to replace ones that we’ve lost so many this past winter, and this is just a great way to do that, and it helps to maintain our Tree City USA designation,” commented Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn.
This is the fourth year Sedalia has held that distinction, Mayor Horn observed. “It’s quite an honor.”
Crown Hill as chosen as the location for the tree planting because it is a city-owned facility. “A lot of people come out here to visit their loved ones, and it’s a good place to sit and reflect. When you have those trees to sit under, it makes it that more of a peaceful place to be,” Horn concluded.
Members of the Citizens for Smart Growth Committee (including Mona McCormack, Kim Graves and Amanda Wasson-Blackburn), the city’s Tree Board (including Dr. Douglas Kibburz, Mona McCormack and Kim Graves), and the Missouri Department of Conservation (Jake Willard and Dean Stucker) who were handing out two kinds of tree saplings to those attending the ceremony, took part in the celebration.
Also attending were Cemetery Director Roger Waters, Director of Public Works Bill Beck, Ellen Cross, senior administrative assistant for the Public Works Department; and newly-elected Fourth Ward Councilman Larry Stevenson.
Corporate sponsors that donated the trees for the project included KCP&L and Empire Gas District. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.