"Eagle Mountain is going green -- in the traditional leafy way.
The city is selling large trees away at a vast discount, hoping to add some shade to the city.
The city has ordered 250 of the deeply discounted trees, which were donated by an Oregon company with the city paying only shipping, said city spokeswoman Linda Peterson. Normally the trees would cost between $250 and $300, but the city is offering each tree for $65.
Originally the city was going to use the trees for its parks, but decided to offer them to residents in celebration of Arbor Day. The varieties include Austrian pine, locust, ash, maple, ornamental fruit trees and more, Peterson said. All were chosen because they do well in Eagle Mountain's climate. The trees range in size from 10 to 30 feet.
"It is important for people to know that these are very large trees and they need to bring a vehicle large enough to transport trees that size," Peterson said. "A mini-van will not work."
"Trees are such an asset to the community, we wanted to give our citizens the opportunity to purchase them when we were able to secure them at such a good price," City Administrator John Hendrickson said.
The first shipment of 85 trees has already sold out, and the city is expecting the next shipment at any time. The arrival will be announced on the city's Web site, www.eaglemountaincity.com
Buyers must live in Eagle Mountain and provide either a photo ID or a copy of their utility bill for verification. Payment may be made with either a check or exact cash. There is a limit of three trees per family. Trees will be sold until the supply runs out.
Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Eagle Mountain City Public Works building, 2545 N. Sweetwater Road, Monday-Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. For general questions, you may call (801) 789-6670; however, the city cannot take orders, reservations or payment over the phone." -excerpts from Daily Herald.