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March 23, 2014

Flags and flowers: City to take steps to beautify its streets

City to take steps to beautify its streets

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MICHIGANS?

At a recent council meeting, Councilor Josh Kretser (D-Ward 6) joked that maybe there could be a flag with a steaming michigan on it to symbolize the city’s famous culinary treat.

Calnon said that while a hot-sauce smothered hot dog might not exactly be the first choice, Kretser has the right idea.

“There are a lot of aspects of our community that we can pay tribute to, and it would be fun to see what we can come up with.”

FLOWER BEDS

While Calnon is working on flags, Councilor Becky Kasper (D-Ward 5) would also like to help out in beautifying Plattsburgh.

An avid gardener, Kasper would like to see more residents take to their yards and lay out some welcoming flower beds.

“My ideas are really unstructured right now, but it’s about a desire to make the most of our city’s potential for beautification and make it real,” she said.

“We have a lot of people in this city who have great gardening skills and a desire to use them, so there has to be a way of harnessing that to make our city more beautiful.”

SMALL GESTURE

Kasper said that while planting flowers might not amount to the most important issue the council takes on, it is a small gesture that helps improve the quality of life.

“It would be great if the community took that challenge and came up with ways to take a little ownership of the city and make it more beautiful,” she said.

“And it can be done without great cost. It cost about $7 for a bag of wildflower seeds and they are low maintenance and quite beautiful.”

Kasper is also looking into hosting a contest to see who can dress up their yards the best this summer.

Calnon, who was elected mayor last year after serving six years on the council, fully supports her idea.

“I enjoy seeing what people have in their front yards,” he said.

“One of the best things about campaigning door-to-door is that you get to see all the different landscaping that we have and some of it is quite remarkable. So I think it’s a good thing to draw more attention to the good parts of the city.”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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