INDIANA BOROUGH: More than 1,000 trees planted during commission's 14 years
It has been said that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, and the next best time is now. It appears Indiana Borough’s Shade Tree Commission, with the help of its partners, will soon achieve both of those adages.
Indiana’s Shade Tree Commission was proposed in September 1998. Then-councilman Tom Harris and Indiana County’s Penn State Cooperative Extension agent, Ward Stover, were the driving forces in initiating the formation of the committee.
In January 1999, Indiana Borough council appointed the first five members to the committee. They were Mike Kuzemchak, Gail Sechrist, Alan Enterline, Jerry Kozusko and Tom Harris.
Since that time, the committee has applied for and received numerous grants, completed a tree inventory and twice revised the Shade Tree Ordinance.
Additionally, Indiana Borough has recently applied for and is anticipating receiving the Tree City USA designation for the 14th year.
With this year’s spring planting, the committee will have been responsible for the planting of 1,033 trees in Indiana since 1999.
That milestone was reached with funding and assistance along the way from the members of Welcome to Indiana and Downtown Indiana as well as the participation of Indiana Borough’s Public Works Department.
The current members of Indiana’s Shade Tree Commission are Gail Sechrist, Bob Pollock, Al Novels, Jerry Pickering, and councilman Peter Broad.