STEUBENVILLE - City Manager Cathy Davison will prepare a draft plan that will include asking residents, neighborhood groups, churches, service clubs and school students to become more involved in a beautification campaign in the community.
"I'll write the draft and ask our law director to review it and present it to you next week," Davison told members of the City Council Pride Committee Thursday afternoon.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf said he asked for the committee members to meet after 4th Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs proposed a Beautification Adoption Project for the city's neighborhoods.
DISCUSSING BEAUTIFICATION IDEAS — First Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto and 4th Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs listened to ideas on building pride in city neighborhoods Thursday. Suggs has proposed the creation of a Beautification Adoption Project, which would see neighborhood residents, churches and service clubs maintain vacant lots and properties. -- Dave Gossett
"We go in and tear down a dilapidated house but we also need to maintain the property. Maybe we could go to residents in a neighborhood or church members and ask them to adopt a particular property or a block and maintain the grass and keep it looking good," Metcalf explained.
"The LaBelle neighborhood residents have created a community garden on Wellesley on a vacant lot and have created pride on that street," added Metcalf.
"I was at a meeting in Knoxville, Tenn., and they have a very similar type of project. They are further ahead of us because they allow an individual or a group to take care of a vacant lot for one year and then that person is allowed to purchase the property at a low price. I'm not sure if that is possible here," said Suggs.
Davison said several neighborhood organizations already police vacant lots in their area.
"I know the Buena Vista group cleans a couple of vacant lots," said Davison.
"I am trying to organize former residents of Sherman Avenue to come back and help clean that street," Suggs said.
And 1st Ward Councilman Gerald DiLoreto said he recently contacted several 1st Ward residents about a cleanup campaign on the South Seventh Street Extension.
Davison referred to the Brook Park, Ohio, Beautification & Pride Committee that oversees awards, trash to treasure ideas and a city entrance improvement committee.
"That organization accepts monthly ward nominations for a beautification and pride award for a resident who helps to improve the image and quality of life in Brook Park through efforts in maintaining or improving their property," Davison explained.
"We have people in the community doing work in their neighborhoods without any recognition. We need to recognize these individuals and help build pride in the city," said Metcalf.