Penny Pritchett representing the Grayville Beautification Committee appeared before the Grayville City Council Monday evening seeking permission to do some landscaping in the downtown area.

Pritchett outlined the areas her group wanted to beautify with new plants and landscaping. She stressed she was not looking for funding for the project only the city’s blessing. The Beautification Committee has for several years kept flowers in planters downtown and has been responsible for painting light poles, and other fixtures there. 

Pritchett presented a list of plants and drawings of where the plants would be placed. She asked for permission to landscape the corners in front of Pam House’s building and Rick Davis’ office at the four-way stop, the lot north of the old police station at East North and Main Streets, ten grates where trees were once planted on East North Street, and a portion of the space between the downtown pavilion and middle street.

Pritchett said she had contacted a landscaper and had an estimated cost for the work of $6,155.47. The costs would include plants, topsoil, peat moss, chemicals, boulders, an irrigation system and labor to install the items.

Councilman Donovan Baldwin commented he believed the area on the east side of the downtown pavilion would possibly be a problem as it may have utilities buried there and is now very easily maintained. He worried maintenance of the area could be a problem. 

Mayor Travis Thompson reminded the council the item was not on the agenda and could not be offered for a...

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