The City of East Peoria celebrated Arbor Day by honoring one of its long time civil servants.
Berta Dinkins served as city clerk for 42 years before her retirement in 2010.
To recognize her dedication, East Peoria planted a tree and placed a large boulder at the Civic Plaza.
Dinkins is grateful to be honored and says she’s loved the city all her life.
“The stone is just a symbol that I've been there that long. I appreciate what they've done for me, but most of all, I love the city. I grew up on the same street that I'm on right now,” said Berta Dinkins.
The city also unveiled a special plaque honoring Don Taylor, who gave the Levee District its name.
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