Greenville Downtown Development Authority talks flower beds

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:20 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

GREENVILLE — With spring just around the corner, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is planning ahead to spruce up the flower beds downtown.

During its meeting on Tuesday, the DDA discussed what it would like to see done with the flower beds throughout downtown Greenville.

Last year, the DDA teamed up with students from the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to give the planter beds a make over. The planters have not been redone since they were created 10 years ago.

Although the the original plan was to continue to work with students from MACC, during the meeting, the DDA decided a professional should be hired to make sure there is a good balance among the boxes.

Maintenance of the boxes was also something the DDA wants to ensure takes place.

“We want to make the boxes pretty and keep them pretty,” said Greenville Mayor John Hoppough.

Deb Huch, of Huch’s Fine Jewelry, said she would like to see the person hired work with city staff. She suggested the person would take care of the boxes, explain to the city staff how to maintain them and also be on hand for consulting if the city staff or DDA needs assistance with the boxes.

“They would help us advise on ongoing maintenance,” she said.

Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said he would collect bids and bring them to the DDA board during its March meeting.

Van Wyngarden will also send out more letters to residents in the DDA district to try to reach out to more people who might interested in filling the vacant position.

Since last month’s meeting, Van Wyngarden was able to send out letters to single-family residential homes. The DDA also agreed to send letters to businesses owners to hopefully reach more renters within the DDA district.

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