Do you know of a home, business or neighborhood in Marysville that shines with obvious curb appeal?
Marysville's first-ever Pride of Marysville Neighborhood Improvement Award recognizes neighbors and businesses who take pride in their property in ways that enhance the appearance of the community.
The awards are intended to inspire other neighbors to improve their homes and landscapes. Business owners are recognized for the curb appeal of their business facade and location.
"A well-kept home, neighborhood and business says that residents and business owners take pride in their community," said Mayor Jon Nehring, who launched the initiative. "With pride comes value, beauty and a great image for our city."
Nominees will be judged on visual enhancement, preservation of the character of their area, improvements to the building, landscaping, signage, etc., or enhancement of the natural environment.
Award finalists are drawn from a pool of nominees selected by the community through a nomination process, then winners are chosen by a committee consisting of a City Councilmember, planning commissioner, Parks and Recreation representative and two citizens selected at large. The mayor names his winning selection from the same pool of candidates.
Nomination brochures are available on the city website at http://marysvillewa.gov
and can be completed and submitted online. Brochures outlining the program are also available at various municipal locations, including City Hall, the Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation office and the Marysville Library.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, July 2. Award winners will be announced July 16 and publicly recognized at that evening's City Council meeting. Engraved yard markers will also be presented to the winners.
"A general lack of cleanliness around the community and downtown is a concern that has been raised at community meetings and at City Council and director retreats," noted Nehring.
Officials resolved to launch more concerted cost-efficient cleanup efforts in the downtown and waterfront area, such as road re-striping, painting and roadside right-of-way maintenance, as well as community-wide.
The Pride of Marysville awards are viewed as one solution toward creating a cleaner, more attractive community.
"The City wants to recognize people who take that same pride in cleanliness, appeal and livability where they live or work," said Nehring. "Their efforts reflect well on the community, and could inspire others to do the same."
Pride of Marysville award categories
Properties can be nominated for one of the following four award categories, based on their qualifying characteristics:
Best Home/Pride of the Neighborhood - Homes consistently well-kept with well-manicured lawns and colorful landscapes, or enhanced with new paint, landscaping or other significant aesthetic improvements.
Best Block/Neighborhood - Based on neighborhood entrance or gateway appeal and improvements made.
Best Business - Business sites with curb appeal that have attractive landscaping, well-kept appearance, attractive facade, and are assets to their neighborhoods.
Mayor's Choice - James Comeford Award to Downtown/Waterfront District Most Improved. This award can go to a home or business.