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July 7, 2014

City residents urged to address quality of life

PLATTSBURGH —The Quality of Life Committee is joining city councilors and concerned citizens to brainstorm ideas to make the community more beautiful.

“What I’m most proud of about this committee is the way it involves the public,” Ward 1 Councilor Rachelle Armstrong said.

“I think (the constituents) feel empowered that their representatives are listening to them,” she added.

The Quality of Life Committee’s third meeting focused on planting wildflowers, a possible dog-licensing campaign and the problem with blight, which is defined as any property regarded as an eyesore.

“Blight tends to spread,” said Ward 3 Councilor Dale Dowdle. “Once it starts, it grows, so every neighborhood has concerns.”

Ward 5 Councilor Becky Kasper has plans to plant wildflowers throughout the city.

She said people don’t need a green thumb to make them grow.

“Once the wildflowers are established, they choke out the grass.”

The public is being urged to attend future meetings and to offer suggestions for the beautification process.

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