MOUNT PLEASANT — The trees are going to be saved — at least for the moment.
An April 17 Journal Times story detailed one family’s efforts to save trees on their property, which is in the Foxconn development area. One tree is estimated to be older than the United States.
The Creuziger family has one burr oak tree estimated to be 300 years old, along with several other trees estimated to be more than 150 years old. But the property won’t be in the hands of the Creuziger family much longer as the Foxconn Technology Group plans to build a massive manufacturing campus and their land is included in that project.
However, it appears the Village of Mount Pleasant is going to try to prevent the trees from being taken down.
On Monday, the Village Board unanimously approved purchasing the 1.5-acre property from the Creuziger family for $525,000.
At the meeting, Claude Lois, project director for the village, said he plans to meet with the Creuziger family to identify which trees they would like to preserve and the village will put up barricades to prevent any damage from construction.
“I think I know which ones they are but I want them to show me and then we’re going to barricade around them to try to do whatever we can to protect those trees,” Lois said. “I want to make sure everyone understands — please don’t touch these trees.”
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Lois said the village is planning to protect the trees as long as they have oversight of the property and they plan to pass on those concerns to Foxconn officials.
“We’re still going to make (Foxconn) aware of where they are and how old they are,” Lois said. “We’ll work with them to try to stress that point if they could save these trees or work around these trees.
But once the property officially is handed over to Foxconn, it will be up to the company to decide if they want to keep the trees.
Village Trustee John Hewitt said he’s been talking with a lot of concerned citizens and assured them, “As far as I know, there are professionals looking into and they’re going to do everything they can to save those trees.”
Village President Dave DeGroot said he is glad the village was able to act in time to try to help the trees.
“The good thing about the story is it brought everything out early enough so the planning can work around it,” DeGroot said. “I think Creuziger Park has a nice ring to it.”
“I think I know which ones they are but I want them to show me and then we’re going to barricade around them to try to do whatever we can to protect those trees.” — Claude Lois, project director for the Village of Mount Pleasant
“I think I know which ones they are but I want them to show me and then we’re going to barricade around them to try to do whatever we can to protect those trees."
— Claude Lois, project director for the Village of Mount Pleasant