Paul Stacy saves trees and for this, he was recognized at the recent Friendswood City Council meeting.
Stacy is a Parks and Recreation staff member and because of his efforts, the many crepe myrtles that were removed from the city medians recently have received a new home and are thriving there.
Keep Friendswood Beautiful Chairperson Sherry Goen presented an award to Stacy.
Goen explained that because of the new design of medians on FM 518 (Friendswood Drive) the crepe myrtle trees were being impacted so they were transplanted in the new Schulz Sportspark on FM 528.
It was Stacy who managed the transplanting.
“Once the trees were removed and replanted, Paul babied those trees, coming up with several ways to keep them thriving. He watched over them every day, putting water bags on them and then devising a PVC pipe irrigation system,” Goen said. “The majority of those crepe myrtles were saved, thanks to Paul.”
The median project is being funded by a grant given to Friendswood’s Keep Friendswood Beautiful (KFB) program.
The Governor’s Community Achievement Award was presented to the KFB from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in 2015 during the Keep Texas Beautiful 48th Annual Conference in Fort Worth.
KFB was awarded $210,000 to provide funding for landscaping. Since receiving it, KFB members voted to redesign and replant Friendswood Drive medians.
For over two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Awards annually to 10 Texas communities with the state’s best grassroots environmental programs.
The competition provides $2 million in funding from TxDOT divided among the 10 communities, based on population size. The funds must be used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way.
A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas: Community Leadership and Coordination, Public Awareness, Education, Beautification and Community Improvement and Litter Prevention and Clean up, Solid Waste Management, and Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement.
“We are thankful to Stacy and City leadership for supporting this project,” Goen said.
Story by Karolyn Gephart