Committee continues to improve look of city
by Courtney Warren
May 08, 2014 | 2135 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roses in the garden by the Train Museum
Roses in the garden by the Train Museum
The Cleveland Beautification/Litter Committee met Wednesday to discuss the progress made in Cleveland.

"We want to create and promote the attitude of keeping your neighborhood clean," said Mack Hubbell, who works with those needing to pay off city fines by cleaning the city every day.

Jane Dunlap said they have been working very hard on the roses planted downtown along the Greenstrip and by the train museum.

"The roses are doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing and it just takes a little while. Kyle (Edgerly) who has worked with public works for years has been doing a great job. We will start working on those roses by the train museum," said Dunlap.

The roses are in full bloom and will be trimmed back soon but for now the entire area by the museum is full of color.

Scott Fuqua with Cleveland Public Works said they will be planting crepe myrtles along the highway every year for the next four years and they are currently in the process of planting 30 to 31 crepe myrtles.

Lisa Cooley, director of Team Cleveland/Main Street, gave an update on the cleanup that took place last month.

"We had over 300 volunteers and cleaned Kamien's Way, Amzie Moore Park, and Fireman's Park. When the cleanup happened we had gotten a lot of rain the night before so we weren't able to do the landscaping at the parks like we wanted to. Now the master gardeners will go in and finish with that landscaping," said Cooley.

Bern Prewitt and Bill Alexander gave a mosquito report.

"It's been pretty hit and miss as far as mosquitos because of this weather. Some nights I'll have people tell me they had mosquitos and some nights we won't have any," said Prewitt.

The committee discussed the issue of keeping old tires around homes and behind businesses in alleys.

"Those tires fill with water and breed mosquitos," said Alexander.

The committee also discussed the look of Court Street.

"That's the main street from the university to downtown and I wish that people would tidy it up and keep it looking nice," said Dunlap.

A few homes had been reported to the city for having cars parked in the yards and those cars have now been removed.

With the Grammy Museum coming in and all of the hard work that goes into making Cleveland beautiful, the committee continues to plan ways to better the look of the city through their own work as well as encourage residents to take pride in where they leave and cleanup their homes.