Coppell City Council approves citywide “Arbor Day”


Anthony Onalaja

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt thanks Boy Scout Troop 842 for attending the city council meeting at Coppell City Hall on Tuesday. Council members discussed future planning and budgeting for the City of Coppell.

Sarah Woo, Staff Writer

On Tuesday night, Coppell City Council approved a proclamation naming Aug. 27, 2019, as “Arbor Day”.

Although National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area.

Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska after Morton’s proposal that a special day be set aside for tree planting to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture was approved. This year marks the 147th anniversary of the national holiday.

In celebration of Arbor Day this year, Coppell’s third annual Fall Frolic event will be held at The Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event is in partnership with the Friends of Coppell Nature Park and Keep Coppell Beautiful. The theme of this year’s Fall Frolic event, ‘I Spy”, will be incorporated to celebrate nature with free hands-on activities and live music along the trail at Coppell Nature Park.

On the consent agenda, items which considered approval included entering into a contract with Core Construction for the installation of a connector trail between Andy Brown West Park and Coppell High School and a proposal for the purchase and installation of Access Control, Video Cameras and Intrusion System from Knight Security Systems at the Coppell Arts Center.

Public hearings, which followed directly after, were open to receive public comment and consider approval of the proposed 2019-20 budget for the Coppell Crime Control and Prevention District, proposed 2019-20 tax rate of $0.58400, and proposed 2019-20 Municipal Budget.

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