City approved cost sharing for Dutch Elm Disease program 0
The City of Portage la Prairie approved the administration to work out a cost sharing agreement with the Province of Manitoba at Monday's council meeting to fund the annual Dutch Elm Disease program. (FILE PHOTO)
The City approved administration to ink a cost sharing agreement for the Dutch Elm Disease program with the Province at Monday’s council meeting.
Each year the City of Portage la Prairie and the Province of Manitoba enter into a cost sharing agreement to combat Dutch Elm Disease for a period of April 1 to March 31.
The agreement covers costs of up to $0.50 per capita for pruning, basal spraying and removal of dead or diseased elm trees. The cost of replanting and general tree care are no longer covered by the agreement.
The estimated cost of the program for 2012-2013 is $6,000.
This program is critical to the maintenance of the urban forest and has assisted in the preservation of existing elms.
All work must be completed, and claims submitted by March 31, 2013.