Special to the Enterprise
After reaping the rewards of a recent timber harvest on county land, the Charlton board of commissioners is ready to replant and do it over again.
At last week’s regular meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to buy over 200,000 bare root slash pine seedlings from Plum Creek Nursery at a cost of $10,000. They also agreed to contract with low bidder, F.L. Murray for the mechanical planting of the trees at a cost of $10,000.
The county harvested the timber from 283 acres of land in 2011 and used the funds to pay for the countywide property revaluation, a new vehicle for the county EMA, the compilation, binding, and uploading to the Internet of the county code of ordinances, the purchase of a van for the county senior center, and the replanting of the land.
“It’s time now to reinvest in the next crop,” said County Administrator Al Crace. “The ground has been sprayed, prepared and we are ready for planting anytime the weather is right after Christmas.”
In other business, the commissioners heard the first reading of their code of ordinances and also held the first of two public hearings on the matter. The code, which covers building and subdivision codes, noise and dog ordinances, and more, will likely be adopted by the commission in November.
“This is not anything new,” noted County Attorney Ed Skorupski. “All these ordinances were already on the books. This has been a project of collecting and organizing. The day after the code is adopted, the laws in the county will still be the same.”