This spring take a little time to walk through your neighborhood. Chances are you’ll see some homes that stand out and others that could with a little work like adding greenery, plants, flowers or others things that make your neighborhood more attractive.
Yup, beautifying a neighborhood can make a huge difference. It will increase property values, increase economic development, improve the city’s image attract the new people to Flint and help keep current residents.
With that in mind, Mayor, Dr. Karen W. Weaver launched the Mayor’s Beautification Initiative (MBI) in 2017. She unveiled the 2019 program on May 9.
It has two critical component designed to promote community beautification and recognize Flint residents who are taking care of their property in spite of the water crisis and other financial challenges facing the City of Flint.
The program is designed to encourage local stakeholder organizations – businesses, churches, fraternal, civic groups and others – to adopt the areas around their properties. This includes, but is not limited to, picking up litter, mowing the grass, painting benches, planting flowers, etc., to improve the overall perception of Flint for residents and visitors. This year the City will adopt Pierson Road from Dort Highway to Clio Road.
It will also recognize Flint residents for taking care of their property and you can play big role by nominating a home or block for an award. Just complete and submit the Mayor’s 2019 Beautification Initiative Nomination form. You can bring it to the mayor’s office or by email it by 5 p.m. on July 15.
Contact Schuyler Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (810) 237-2025 for more information on how to nominate and to deliver nomination forms and pictures.
Participation is limited to residents in the city of Flint. If you receive a tax bill from the City of Flint you are eligible to participate.
An anonymous group of residents will be selected to serve as judges for the 2019 Major’s Beautification Awards. Judges will include, but are not limited to, residents with beautification experience and those who understand the importance of recognizing the contribution of others.
Awards will be presented to participants in all nine wards of the city of Flint and multiple awards will be presented in every ward. The award categories and criteria are as follows:
- The lawn is mowed and edged
- The shrubs and trees are trimmed
- The overall presence of the home complements the neighborhood or block
- All of the criteria for Attractive Home are met
- There are flowers or plants visible from the curb
- All of the criteria for admirable landscape are met
- The concrete (sidewalk and/or driveway) is in good shape
- The overall yard has a clear theme
- This home represents a model home and should be highlighted
Awards will be presented at the Mayor’s 2019 State of the City Address. A picture and a short description of the awardees will be presented during the Mayor’s address.