Why would we want trees in the city? Trees are beautiful and they improve the quality of life for people in many ways. Trees help clean the air of harmful pollutants, trees help stabilize the land, trees help cool the hot summer air in urban areas, tree-lined streets discourage speeding traffic, trees provide a home for wildlife, trees are pleasant to look at and give people a sense of well-being. Well cared for trees in parks and along city streets make it apparent that people care about their town.
The purpose of the Park and Tree Board is to improve the quality of life and community livability throughout Maize by providing healthy recreational opportunities for people of all ages through the use of parks. The Board works to promote planting trees appropriate for the Kansas landscape and climate and to educate citizens on proper tree care. The Board also works with the City Council and staff to develop, maintain, and implement a Park System Master Plan appropriate for the City of Maize.
Maize Residents have an excellent opportunity to participate in our Tree Reimbursement Program. Residents are eligible to receive a refund of 20% of the purchase price of trees planted, up to $100 per household. View a list of preferred trees for South Central Kansas.
The Mayor appoints members with the approval of the governing body at the first regular meeting in May of each year. Members are appointed for three-year terms. The Board consists of five members who reside within the City limits and two "at large" members who reside within the authorized zone of influence of the City of Maize.
|Board Members||Position||Term Expiration|
|Tammy Learned||Chair||May 2016 (3-year term)|
|Becky Keiterbell||Vice-Chair||May 2015 (3-year term)|
|Mike Burks||Secretary||May 2016 (3-year term)|
|Jennifer Herington||Board Member||May 2014 (3-year term)|
|Joe Lenz||Board Member||May 2015 (3-year term)|
|Betty Pew||Board Member||May 2014 (3-year term)|
|Dennis W. Wyatt||Board Member||May 2016 (3-year term)|