by David Maas
Maple Park—After the discovery that some of Maple Park’s ash trees were infected by Emerald Ash Borers, Maple Park Public Works Manager Mike Miller met with Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Scott Schirmer to discuss the situation.
“In almost all cases, there is nothing that can be done to save these trees,” Miller said. “It’s too bad, because they are some beautiful trees.”
The borer is an invasive species to North America, and has been blamed with the destruction of over 50 million ash trees in over 14 states.
“If we try to cut the trees down now, they will just move to other locations,” Miller said. “We have to wait until November or December before we can remove the trees; in cold weather the beetles become less active.”
Once removed, the trees will be burned within Maple Park. The trees can’t be moved out of the area, as a precaution to avoid spreading the beetle.
“These are some really big trees,” Miller said, “Some of them are over 100 years old; it’s a shame.”
The Village Board will look into how they will replace the trees, and which type would be best to avoid a situation like this again.
“Schirmer instructed me on how to handle the infected trees,” Miller said, “If we want him to, he would also come out and give a presentation to the board.”
MAPLE PARK—At a special meeting of the Village Board on Nov. 20, Mike Miller was hired to hold the position of Public Works Manager for the village of Maple Park. Miller is a life-long resident of Maple Park with a history of public service within the community. Miller started serving in his new role as Public Works Manager on Nov. 22.
The Department of Public Works is responsible for the village facilities and infrastructure. This includes street patching, snow removal, mowing and trimming, general building repairs, water meter reading and replacement, and vehicle maintenance. The department coordinates all street closures and related activities in the event of an emergency and for local events such as the annual Fun Fest on Labor Day weekend.
Pastor Mark Meyer (far left) of Grace United Methodist Church in Maple Park, gave a blessing during a ceremony Tuesday at the Civic Center dedicating a new picnic table to Marianne Delaney, on the first anniversary of her death. Delaney was active in the community, volunteering for the Maple Park Family Fund and coordinating the annual Fun Fest parade. Among the many attendees at the ceremony was her husband, trustee Mark Delaney (pink shirt). A Family Fund raffle raised money for the cement table and resident Mike Miller donated his labor to build it. Marianne often took her grandchildren to the Civic Center playground and always wished it had a place to sit, said friend Barb Moisa. Photo by Martha Quetsch