Brick Township’s official Christmas tree isn’t doing that well these days, so Mayor John Ducey and the town council said it was time to retire it for a new one.
“On Tuesday, the Township Council voted to replace the spruce tree located along Chambers Bridge Road at the Municipal Complex. This tree has served as the Township’s official Christmas Tree for many years. Unfortunately, due to its age and its appearance, it was determined that the best solution was to replace the tree with a mature tree that would better serve as our official Christmas Tree,” Ducey said. ““Several local businesses have graciously volunteered to make donations to a Christmas Tree Fund that will completely pay for the cost of replacing the tree. This means that there will be zero cost to Brick taxpayers for the new tree because the privately donated funds will cover the entire cost.”
“Over the past several years, the existing tree has degraded. While the tree is not diseased, several branches had died and others had begun to sag. As such, we were receiving complaints about the tree’s appearance. We made several attempts to revitalize the tree and we trimmed dead and sagging branches in hope of improving the tree’s appearance. Those efforts unfortunately were not successful,” Ducey said. ““Once we determined that this tree should no longer be the township’s official Christmas tree, we explored several options including accepting a donated tree and moving this tree to another location. The most economically feasible solution was to replace this tree with a mature tree that will serve as a more vibrant representative of our community during the holiday season.”
Ducey thanked the local businesses, including some of the township’s professional appointees who gave back to the town.
“We are grateful for the generosity of our Christmas Tree sponsors including Adams Rehmann & Heggan Associates; CME Associates; Rainone Coughlin Minchello; Starkey, Kelly, Kenneally, Cunningham & Turnbach, and Weiner Law Group LLP, who will help our community enjoy our holiday traditions without spending tax money.”