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Grant from ITC supports beautification of Pennfield Township’s Hicks Cemetery
Pennfield Township’s continuing efforts to beautify the Hicks Cemetery has received a boost from a utility company. ITC’s Michigan operations have provided the township with a vegetation outreach sponsorship to support improvements at the cemetery, including new trees and shrubs, as part of its community-focused Right Tree in the Right Place program.The plantings include shrubs and rose bushes around the entrance sign and approximately 15 trees in various locations around the cemetery.
“We take great pride in the beauty of our community,” said Pennfield Township Supervisor Rob Behnke. “This support from ITC will allow us to enhance the cemetery grounds with more trees and plantings, creating a more natural and peaceful atmosphere for those paying tribute to their loved ones.”
Several of ITC’s high-voltage transmission lines pass through Pennfield Township. The company has ongoing maintenance programs to improve the reliability of the transmission system by replacing deteriorated poles and towers and removing vegetation that is too close to the lines.
ITC says its commitment to the communities it serves is the cornerstone of its business and mission to be a best-in-class transmission provider. The company partners with local communities and organizations to support worthwhile activities such as the Hicks Cemetery beautification project.
Right Tree in the Right Place is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation designed to guide communities in placing trees to improve community aesthetics and avoid interference with buildings and power lines. The program takes into account the height, shape, spread and growth rate of various trees to help select species that are beneficial and appropriate for various locations.
ITC’s operating companies in Michigan – ITC Transmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) – combined own and operate 8,600 miles of transmission lines serving most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
Pennfield Township will be accepting donations for the additional planting of trees on the east side of the cemetery. In return, a contribution marker will be placed at the base of the tree (there will be a variety of trees to choose from) in memory of a loved one or ones who may be buried at the cemetery. For more information, please contact Pennfield Township Clerk Kathy Case at 968-8549.