Quincy prepares for loss of trees

The City of Quincy is doing its part to keep its Tree City USA status.

Monday night, the Quincy City Council approved the Tree Commission's recommendation for the fall 2014 Tree Program.

The city will spend a little more than $19,000 to buy and plant 80 shade and ornamental trees from Leffer's Landscaping and Nursery Inc.

Residents will have an opportunity to buy those trees for $40 a piece.

The city will plant them, but residents are responsible for their upkeep.

City alderman Mike Farha said the city removes 200 to 300 trees every year due to damage and disease.

City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said the city is expected to lose hundreds of trees to the emerald ash borer.

The Quincy City Council also approved an ordinance to allow Adams Telecom, Inc. to build, operate and maintain a cable system in the city.

"It's putting them on the same footing as Comcast making sure if they're using city right of way, they're charged the same fees as a company like Comcast," Mayor Kyle Moore said. "It's just a standard franchise agreement."

The city also approved an ordinance that would allow the new restaurant at Quincy Regional Airport to sell alcohol.