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Downtown Landscaping Project Under Way in Snow Hill

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SNOW HILL, Md. - Many of the stores downtown in Snow Hill are occupied. But you wouldn't have known because large overgrown trees towered over these storefronts, causing problems by pushing up and cracking the sidewalks. Town officials said the 20-year-old trees created a safety hazard.

So to eliminate the risk, town leaders hit the chopping block and got rid of 13 trees.
It cost the town more than $3,500.

"The town has tired to trim, and keep them trim but they were starting to affect the sidewalk," said business owner Diane Armstrong, of Snow Hill. "They were also blocking businesses."

That included Hettie's Coffee Shop. Business owner Hettie Gordon did what she could to draw a crowd. She even painted the outside of her store in a different color. But that was no good. Her business sat behind a tree and out of the sight of potential customers. Now that the trees are gone, she said "that gives us open space here to do a lot of more things. People notice that I am here now."

When completed new street lights will go up from Market to River street, sidewalks will be repaired and new trees will replace the old ones.

Leaders in Snow Hill hope to have the work done by Christmas.

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