When Duluth City Councilman Kelly Kelkenberg offered to donate $200 to buy new blooming shrubs to landscape Charles DiSpain’s yard and challenged other council members and the audience to match his amount at Monday (April 23) night’s work session, he was serious.
No one responded, but the offer still stands, Kelkenberg said Tuesday. And it extends to the community.
Forty-five large red and white azaleas that bloomed every spring along McClure Bridge Road on either side of 79-year-old DiSpain’s and his wife Sue’s home were taken out for improvements and sidewalk installation related to construction of the new roundabout linking West Lawrenceville Street, McClure Bridge Road and Irvindale Road.
DiSpain appeared at the council’s April 9 regular meeting requesting the city replant the azaleas or something else in their place.
His neighbors and other residents have lamented the loss of the azalea display mostly in comments
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