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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2014

Committee meetings planned

By David Hotle | Dec 24, 2013

With the report of the former Housing Task Force to the Washington City Council and the promise of the council to move ahead with the beautification of the city, Mayor Sandra Johnson said that the city is looking for a few good people to be part of the newly forming Neighborhood Pride Enhancement Committee.
One of the recommendations the Housing Task Force made was for the city to form a permanent committee to work toward city beautification. Johnson said she is now working to form the Neighborhood Pride Enhancement Committee to plan activities to make Washington “attractive, safe and welcoming.” Some of the responsibilities of the committee will be to educate residents of their responsibility, offer assistance when needed, and recognize improvements.
“Council has endorsed and is ready to accept recommendations from the Neighborhood Pride Enhancement Committee, which is going to be all volunteers,” Johnson said.
Two organizational meetings have been scheduled. The first will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. The second will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2014. Both will be held in the Washington Free Public Library.
Johnson said that the committee will be designed to be very similar to the Washington Tree Committee. She hopes that projects come forward from the committee each year and that it will enjoy the same sustainability as the Tree committee.
Any person inside or outside of the community with ideas on how to improve Washington is welcome to attend the meetings, Johnson said. She said if an interested person is unable to attend the meetings, they can attend later committee meetings. She anticipates that there will be monthly meetings of the committee.
She said the meetings are being held before the budget cycle for the city begins in case any projects are identified early.
Until a chair of the committee is elected, as required by council resolution, Johnson said that she would run the meetings.

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