STEUBENVILLE - The City Council-sponsored beautification committee officially was inaugurated Tuesday night and prepared to consider a long list of potential projects.
According to 4th Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs, the sub committee of the Council Pride Committee will encourage individuals, homeowners, businesses, service clubs, churches and nonprofit groups to adopt vacant lots throughout the city to beautify property along with their own properties.
"We want to recognize these projects and properties every two months with a traveling award recognizing the efforts. I look at this committee picking up slack on properties that need work. I want us to encourage people to do landscaping around their property," said Suggs.
ING A LIST — Steubenville 4th Ward Councilwoman Angela Suggs looked over the list of suggested projects Tuesday night during the first meeting of the City Council-sponsored beautification committee. — Dave Gossett
She asked Jackie Hines to initially organize the beautification committee meetings and contact additional prospective members.
The committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 in City Council chambers.
Third Ward Councilman Greg Metcalf called the formation of the beautification committee, "a great step in moving the city forward."
"You will encourage every homeowner to take pride in their property," added Metcalf.
And 2nd Ward Councilman Rick Perkins cited the First Baptist Church on Pleasant Heights that has adopted Rotary Park.
"They are cutting the grass every week, painting the park structures and plan to replace the roof on the shelter this summer. That's what we are looking for," noted Perkins.
Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci told the committee members the city will lean on volunteer groups more and more, "as our finances get tighter."
The fledgling committee also heard suggestions from 5th Ward Councilman Willie Paul, who would like to see the city entrances improved and Councilman at-large Kenny Davis, who said the city tot lots can be cleaned up and maintained.
"We also need to take pride in our city. Spread the good news about Steubenville and say positive things about our city. In addition to picking up a gum wrapper, a pop can or a pizza box, we can talk about our city," said Mucci.
Hines said she would like to see a citywide cleanup campaign twice a year coordinated with the Hilltop Community Development Corp. neighborhood cleanup projects.
And the Rev. JoElla Williams called for the bulk cleanup program to continue.
"We should also hold an annual evaluation meeting to review what we have done and challenge ourselves to do better," suggested Williams.
Suggs added she has seen other communities sponsor flower and plant sales to raise funds for beautification projects.
(Gossett can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)