Wednesday morning, the City of Greenville was the recipient of two grants and a vehicle from Ameren Illinois.
During a ceremony held at the municipal building, Ameren Illinois officials awarded Greenville $2,500 as part of the company’s Right Tree program, and Ameren Illinois designated Greenville as a Progressive City and gave $2,500 to be used for a community-related project.
At the end of the ceremony, Ameren Illinois turned over to the city a 2006 truck with a 41-foot aerial bucket.
Greenville Mayor Alan Gaffner expressed appreciation for the Ameren grants and the truck. He commented about how the city plans to use the Right Tree grant.
“Residents become concerned as trimming occurs and Ameren’s commitment to finding the right tree in the right place so that they don’t grow and create problems for utility lines and future trimming is what we’ll be doing with this grant,” he said. “The Idler Lane area where these trees will be planted, that’s been such a beautiful entryway to the city and the Industrial Park with the flowering crabs. Over time, age has deteriorated those trees and this funding will be used to purchase approximately 20 flowering trees that can be placed on Idler Lane in that entrance to the Industrial Park. These funds will help us not only plant, but do our part on right of way to provide trees that not only support nature but really beautify our community.”
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Jason Klein, director of division operations in the Greenville area talked about how Greenville was selected with the Progressive City designation.
“This annual award acknowledges communities for their successes in implementing forward-looking initiatives that better the quality of life for the residents and for their businesses and who demonstrate a commitment to reduce the carbon footprint on our environment, increase energy savings, and improve their economic competitiveness,” he said. “A few of the projects that Ameren Illinois considered in designating Greenville as a Progressive City Award winner includes Greenville’s designation as a Tree City USA. You guys do curbside and electronic recycling which makes it easy for residents to recycle. The cultivation of several community gardens…promotes a healthy lifestyle for your residents. The downtown renovation and improvement grants that help renovate the downtown buildings and the facades show your commitment to honoring the past but yet looking to the future. And then that last but certainly not least the completion of 36 residential and business energy efficiency projects that occurred between June 1st of 2015 and May 31st of 2016 created an annual savings of almost $45,000 in energy savings.”
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An Ameren Illinois spokesman told WGEL it is very unusual for one city to receive both grants in the same year.