The Village of West Dundee is conducting a 2014 Parkway Tree Planting Program, and is currently working to identify planting locations.
As is true throughout the region, parkway trees in West Dundee have been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. The Village of West Dundee has removed in excess of 1,000 dead and dying parkway trees over the last 2 years alone.
The Village continues its efforts to prioritize funding for replacement of trees. We have been fortunate to have several of the West Dundee Homeowners Associations partner with the Village to stretch the available tax dollars this year. Three HOAs have offered to contribute dollars, which the Village has agreed to match within the 50/50 cost-sharing program for tree replacements within those respective subdivisions.
This year, the Fairhills Association, who has participated in the 50/50 program each of the past 3 years, has contributed $1,500 toward planting of parkway trees in their immediate subdivision. The Grand Pointe Single Family Association, who has also participated the past 3 years, has contributed $9,000. The Carrington Reserve Association is participating for the first time this year in an amount of $12,000.
Under the 50/50 program, homeowners are able to contribute half of the cost of a new tree in order to ensure the planting of a tree at their residence within the current year's program.
This practice allows the Village to stretch the available dollars to plant more trees in the community, and allows residents the opportunity to facilitate the timely replacement of a parkway tree at their home.
The Village initially budgeted $18,000 toward this year’s parkway tree planting program. Based on the Village Board’s review, an additional $15,000 has been allocated based on savings in other areas of the budget, in order to maximize the benefit of the HOA contributions and increase the number of trees to be planted in the community this year.
Based on the average per unit cost of $240, without the HOA or individual 50/50 participation, the Village would be planting approximately 140 trees. With these contributions and participation, the Village is now able to plant approximately 230 trees throughout the community.
Based on the extent of the HOAs' participation this year, a few changes to the traditional 50/50 cost-share program that the Village has offered to individual residents are necessary:
- This year’s 50/50 program will only be made available to
residents not supported by HOA 50/50 participation, i.e. the Hills of West Dundee, Tartans Glen, Old World Village and Old Town neighborhoods
. By limiting the 50/50 parkway tree planting program to these areas, the intention is to ensure that the available tax dollars are equitably distributed throughout the Village.
- Tree plantings fully funded by the Village of West Dundee, provided at no cost to the homeowner, will be limited to approximately 10 locations. Locations for plantings will be determined by the Public Works Department and prioritized for locations that have no trees on their parkway.
- Tree plantings for 50/50 program participation by individual residents in the areas that are not being supported by HOA dollars are limited to 30 locations.
- Participation in the 50/50 program is limited to one tree per address and is available on a first-come, first-served basis up to 30 locations.
The Village has received very favorable pricing on plant material. Our average cost for a 2-1/2 inch tree, installed, is $240. The cost is slightly higher for certain species. The 50/50 participation cost is $120 for most species.
If you would like to contribute directly to the replanting of the community's parkways, the Village can facilitate the planting of a parkway tree for residents willing to participate at 100%, by paying the full cost of the tree planting.
The deadline to apply
for either the 50/50 tree planting program or the direct purchase program is Wednesday, October 8th
so the material can be ordered.
To apply for the 50/50 program, download, complete and return the 50/50 Parkway Tree Order Form
along with your check for the applicable amount. Included with the Order Form is a program information guide and tree species descriptions.
To request a parkway tree at full cost, please contact either Village Hall or the Public Works Department as indicated on the program information guide
The trees will be installed beginning in mid-October into the month of November.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact West Dundee Village Hall at email@example.com or 847-551-3800 or the Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-551-3815.