Cridersville Tree Commission attends meetings, brings back ideas to village

CRIDERSVILLE — Members of a local tree commission have been doing their homework and attending informational meetings to help beautify the village.

Cridersville Tree Commission and Cridersville village officials recently attended two informational meetings — an Ohio Division of Forestry meeting, held in Bluffton, and a tree trimming seminar, held in Defiance, to learn to apply skills to make the village landscape more attractive along Main Street.

“We are looking at the first phase of trees and where we want to put them,” Tree Commission President Ken Dreitzler said, during Monday’s Cridersville Village Council meeting. “We know what kind of trees we need.”

At this time, Dreitzler said they are ready to start trimming the pear trees on the Main Street tree lawn.

Dreitzler said either he or Tree Commission Vice President Stacey Myers Cook would like to be present, when these trees are trimmed, so they can stay consistent and so they can apply the skills they learned to help beautiful the village.

Tree Commission members also are studying what type of trees to look into that would be adaptable for the future landscaping of the village.

A special Tree Commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Cridersville Village Hall.

During Monday’s meeting, Cridersville Police Chief John Drake and his K-9 Unit were recently called to a traffic stop on Interstate 75 and helped seize 1.7 pounds of illegal drugs, which are valued at $2,700, and a Dodge pick-up truck, which is paid in full.

The village will receive 20 percent of the total of items seized.

The Cridersville Police Department held a Bike Rodeo on Oct. 29, and approximately nine children were in attendance. The department received a grant through the Safe Routes to School Program to fund this event and help teach bike safety to the children.

In other business, councilors learned:

• Drake received complaints from Waverly Street residents about parking issues on the 100 block. Drake and Streets Committee member and councilor Dorance Thompson plan to address this issue.

• Members of the Boy Scout Troop 162 attended the November council meeting to receive their Merit Badge for communication. They observed the meeting to get a general idea of what is going on in the city government.

• Christmas on Main Street will be held on Dec. 3 in Cridersville.