by Neil Carleton
Under an agreement with the Town of Mississippi Mills, the Mississippi River Power Corp. (MRPC) manages the Metcalfe Park property at the bottom of Bay Hill for the municipality. The sole shareholder of MRPC is the Town. The municipality has appointed four directors and a representative of Council as a board to guide the company and make operational and financial decisions.
In July, MRPC asked Gardiner Tree Trimming & Removal of Arnprior to assess the dead trees between the Riverwalk extension and the driveway of the new generating station. Judy Gardiner, an International Certified Arborist, was also asked to look around the parking area as an increasing number of large branches had been noticed after storms.
One at the black willows was identified with a structural problem of lateral cracking around the trunk. Some time ago, a large limb near the base had been removed and this open wound had resulted in significant rot.
At the August 6 meeting of the Town’s Committee of the Whole, the arborist’s report was reviewed. Following a discussion, the Committee recommended that Council approve the recommendations of Gardiner Tree Trimming & Removal to remove the tree.
Do you have a notable or favourite tree? Readers are invited to submit their nominations for an honor roll of trees in our area that could be featured in future articles. You can contact me at 613-256-2018, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or Neil Carleton, 3 Argyle Street, P.O. Box 1644, Almonte, Ontario, K0A 1A0. I look forward to hearing from you.
My volunteer columns started in March 2010, as print features, to support the tree planting and tree awareness initiatives of the Mississippi Mills Beautification Committee. The contact for the Tree Working Group is Ron Ayling, 613-256-4617. In Carleton Place, the contact for the Urban Forest / River Corridor Advisory Committee is Jim McCready, 613-257-5853.
Until the next column, you’ll find me looking for and hanging out with shady characters.