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SPRING HOPE — Town commissioners decided Monday night to wait a little while longer before pruning the town’s withered Tree Board.

Town Manager Jae Kim said the Tree Board met so infrequently that some members didn’t remember they were members while others showed no interest in continuing to serve on the board.

The Enterprise incorrectly reported in November that the commissioners disbanded the Tree Board during the commissioners’ monthly meeting when the item was actually tabled after extended discussion.

On Monday, Kim suggested the Tree Board be absorbed into the Downtown Advisory Board. He said he figured it would be more efficient to combine the inactive Tree Board with the active Downtown Board.

Commissioner Brenda Lucas said she didn’t like the idea of dissolving the Tree Board without discussing it with all of its members.

The commissioners instructed Kim to speak to each Tree Board member, then bring the item back to the commissioners next month.

Commissioners told Kim to make sure the Tree Board members understood that commissioners are still interested in their input.

The Tree Board hasn’t met officially in at least four years. Kim, town manager since February 2016, said in November that he didn’t know until recently who the members were.

In other business, the commissioners reappointed two members of the Spring Hope Planning Board.

Former alternates Chris Tingler and Sandra Blanchard were appointed to three-year terms.

Commissioner Brent Cone asked Kim about the two reappointees’ attendance record, with Kim confirming both members attended meetings regularly.

Kim gave an update on the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce, saying it’s gearing up for a membership drive and planning its two big annual events, the Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival and Christmas in Spring Hope.

Earlier in the day, the chamber announced that The Sleeping Booty Band will play the event’s Friday night street dance.

At the tail end of Monday’s meeting, Cone said he is upset leaves weren’t picked up prior to Christmas. He expressed his dissatisfaction with Matt Littell, local lead service technician for Envirolink, the company contracted to perform the town’s public works services.

Cone said he understands Littell is just caught in the middle so he’d like to see Envirolink management attend a town meeting every once in a while.

“2020 is going to be a big year for Envirolink and Spring Hope as far as contracts go,” Cone said.

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