The Common Council will present awards to recognize residents for their neighborhood beautification efforts throughout the summer, Council President Stephanie Viscelli and Councilor Kimberly Rogers announced Tuesday.
The program, which councilors are calling “Rome Shines: One House at a Time,” will begin this month and run through September. Each month, a councilor will select a resident in their ward and the council president will select one resident citywide with a particularly beautiful home and lawn. Winners will be recognized during a council meeting, and will receive a $25 gift card to a local business and a yard sign for display.
“Studies show that such programs create a sense of pride and community,” said Council President Viscelli. “As one house increases its curb appeal, others on the block will follow suit. This helps to keep property values up, crime down and improve the quality of life for residents.“
“When president Viscelli and I began working on this program we had two goals,” Rogers explained. “First, to create an initiative to encourage neighborhood beautification in a meaningful way without putting any expense on the taxpayers. And, second, to promote and support our local businesses. I am very pleased to say we were able to accomplish both goals with this program.”
The pair thanked the program’s corporate sponsor, Adirondack Bank, and Gulla Graphics, who provided lawn signs, as well as the following sponsors who provided gift cards: Olney’s Flowers, R. Jones Nursery, Ace Hardware, and Walmart.
“We would like to thank President Viscelli and Councilor Rogers for inviting us to participate in the Council’s new program,” said Adirondack Bank CEO and President Rocco F. Arcuri Sr. “As a locally owned community bank we are committed to continuously finding ways to being actively involved in the communities we serve. We are proud to sponsor this new initiative as it will certainly have a positive impact on the community. “
The first winners will be recognized at the next regular meeting of the Common Council on Wednesday, May 22.