By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
London is once again a Tree City USA Community.
For the second consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation named London a Tree City USA Community. London is one of 3,400 towns and cities that have been recognized for their efforts in urban forestry.
London Tree Board Chair Karen Wyan made the announcement at Monday’s city council meeting.
Mayor Troy Rudder also signed a proclamation naming today, Friday, April 5 as London’s official Arbor Day celebration. The proclamation upholds the pursuit of planting trees and protecting local woodlands for future generations.
“I think we will see some differences in years to come,” Rudder said.
The London Tree Board has distributed 300 Redbud trees this year to citizens of Laurel County and hopes to plant more trees within city limits in the future.
London Downtown Executive Director Chris Robinson said the upcoming Redbud Ride currently has more than 700 participants registered for a three-day weekend cycling in southern and central Kentucky. The Redbud Ride main event will take place on Saturday, April 13 in London.
In addition, the Kentucky H.O.G. Rally will begin rolling in London on June 6, with a bike show on June 8 that will display more than 1,500 motorcycles. Main Street will be closed on June 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. Robinson projected the event will produce more than $1.5 million in revenue for local businesses and restaurants.
London is in the bidding for the 2015 Kentucky H.O.G. Rally.
Other agenda items approved by the council:
• Documents to establish an agreement to host the upcoming God’s Pantry Food Bank Distribution Center within city limits, which will distribute food to member pantries across the southeastern Kentucky region.
• The first reading of an ordinance amending the Fiscal Year budget for July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, due to the establishment of God’s Pantry Food Bank Distribution Center and their grant of $462,000. The total appropriations now in the general fund are $7,655,050.
• A 5K run on June 15 for East Bernstadt Cheerleaders, led by Coach Cristen Acciardo. The 5K race last year raised $2,000 for expenses to Nationals.