It was a packed house at the Youngsville City Council meeting Thursday when Mayor Wilson Viator handed over a $151,000 check to Trees Acadiana.
The presentation actually started at a nearby roundabout on Highway 89. Mayor Viator says when the roundabout was being constructed - the tree was not part of the plan. It was scheduled to be torn down. TreesAcadiana got involved to save it. "The condition was that they put up $200,000 to cover any additional cost," says Viator.
The deal was made and the tree was saved. The project came in under budget. That's where this meeting comes into play. The mayor is handing the group a $151,000 check. "We're glad it's done and the tree is there to frame the entrance to Youngsville."
Schoeffler is TreesAcadiana's chairperson. She says the group is made of volunteers who see trees as a vital part of the environment and community. "It's happy. It's very happy. It looks so much more majestic now that it knows that everybody loves it and kept it there."