ANSWERS: Questions about watering small trees, Aldo Boulevard, political signs

Posted: Aug. 10, 2012 6:37 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2013 5:53 pm

With the drought, we have been watering our small trees, and we are wondering if the Quincy Park District is watering newly planted trees, using the time normally spent mowing grass. Some communities use the plastic "drip" water bags for trees, but we have not noticed any of these being used.

Ed Seger, executive director for the Quincy Park District, said about 30 trees were newly planted this year. Several of them were planted in Bob Mays Park on Quincy's north end, but some were planted in both South Park and Madison Park to replace trees that were damaged in the June 2011 wind storm.

"We have two crews out with water tanks on the back, and we're trying to go tree to tree," Seger said. "It's hard, because there's so many of those new trees, it's hard to get to them all."

Seger said the Park District has used the water bags in years past but no longer does.

"We haven't had a lot of luck with them," he said. "For some reason, people either took them or slashed them. They got vandalized a lot. Kids are curious about what they are, and they would cut them open."

Why did the city spend money on Aldo Boulevard and South Park Terrace, streets that hardly anyone uses?

The city of Quincy is doing $3.75 million worth of street projects this year, ranging from total replacement to the annual crack seal programs. Two projects included are the complete reconstruction of Aldo Boulevard between 23rd and 24th streets and South Park Terrace, which is expected to fix drainage issues that both streets face during heavy rain. City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp said both projects were paid for by ward funds.

"The aldermen in both cases have priorities for projects in their wards and things they want to get done," Steinkamp said. "They've been on the design table for several years, and the aldermen choose which ones will get done."

Tony Sassen and Mike Farha are the aldermen in the Fourth Ward. Jim Musolino and Dan Brink are the aldermen in the Sixth Ward.

Steinkamp said the city typically spends about $4 million yearly in infrastructure improvements.

On the east side of South Eighth, between Jersey and York, there is a tall sign with Debbie Niederhauser's name on it, as well as Regional Office of Education. Is the sign the taxpayers'?

The name on the sign is not Niederhauser's. Instead, the name on the sign is Donna Hildebrand Veile, who unsuccessfully ran against Niederhauser for a four-year term as regional superintendent of schools for Adams and Pike counties in the fall of 2010. A law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2011, essentially lets homeowners post political signs year-round and prevents municipalities from regulating when campaign signs can go up.


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