Apple blossoms coming to Ogden
The municipality of Ogden has an interesting beautification project ready to take root in 2016. Partially subsidized by the Pacte Rural program, the project is to plant around one hundred flowering crabapple trees on a mix of both public and private land all over the territory. “We’ve written letters with maps to property owners and we’re waiting for their replies. There was money available for these kinds of projects from the Pacte Rural so we decided we should try to get some of that money. We planted a lot of daffodil bulbs last fall and we will be planting the apple trees on April 30th,” said mayor Michael Sudlow.
The idea to plant apple trees came from a previous experience of the mayor’s, when he was on the Lennoxville town council about twenty years ago. “We couldn’t afford to bury the hydro lines along Main Street so we decided to camouflage the hydro poles. We planted the trees and put up flower baskets. The only thing I ever hear about from my time on the Lennoxville council is the planting of those trees!” said Mr. Sudlow.
Taxes in Ogden have remained the same for 2016 at .41/$100. A main expense, this year, will be buying a new pick-up truck to replace the town’s Dodge Dakota. The town is still waiting for its day in court regarding the unauthorized cutting of mature trees on a private property by a developer. The developer has refused to pay the municipal fine. Ogden is trying out a new contractor for snow clearing on part of its territory, with good results.
A new environment committee is being formed in the coming months and the town is looking for four residents willing to sit on the committee. Its members would give recommendations to council on all environmental issues such as the creation of new by-laws to protect the environment and the promotion of waste reduction and recycling programs.