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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
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And the winner is … Springdale!
By: Mindy Hatfield

The eight-community beautification contest ended with an award ceremony on Nov. 5 at the Main Street Park in Hurricane. Gordon Walker, director of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, awarded Springdale with the first-place trophy.

“This is absolutely an award worth working for,” said Walker.

Rick Wixom, Springdale town manager, accepted the award for Springdale.

“We want to personally thank the county,” said Wixom. He also thanked the residents that painted their homes, weeded and kept the parks maintained,

The contest, which began July 1 and ran through Nov. 1, had eight communities cleaning up their cities. The participating communities were Hurricane, Apple Valley, LaVerkin, Toquerville, Virgin, Rockville, Springdale and Leeds. Each community donated money towards a trophy, which was created by Moonlite Serenade in Hurricane, and planted at least one tree during the contest. The three Washington County commissioners, Jim Eardley, Jan Ence and Alan Gardner, judged the contest on Nov. 2. Each community was judged on how they each cleaned the state roads, their main street, businesses, vacant lots, school areas, and residential areas.

Springdale came in first, Hurricane second, Rockville third, LaVerkin fourth, Leeds fifth, Toquerville sixth, Virgin seventh and Apple Valley eighth.

LaGrande Imlay, member of the Hurricane Beautification Committee, said the contest stemmed from “A need to try to revitalize the pride in our community. Hopefully, each city will continue to work.”

Each community tried to get its citizens to beautify their community.

Ken Powell, mayor of Toquerville, said because of this contest, his city has formed a beautification committee of its own. For the contest, the youth in Toquerville delivered letters that encouraged residents to clean up their properties to each home. He was excited at the amount of citizens that responded to the request to clean the city.

Rockville spent two days filling a dumpster with trash and several days cleaning out the irrigation ditches along SR-9.

Hurricane cleaned up parks, vacant lots and completed other projects as well. The city has also assigned zone representatives to continue the work that’s been done.

Other communities did what they could to make their community a more beautiful place to live.

The Hurricane beautification committee came up with the eight-community beautification contest to encourage other communities in the area to beautify as well, to improve the entire eastern section of Washington County.


Other Articles from this issue:
Community Comes Together to Break Ground for Center and Library
Toquerville City Offices Move to New Location
A Pioneering Company Comes to Springdale
Tree Planting Commemorates City Beautification, Arbor Day
Pre-nursing advising sessions to be hosted at MCC’s North Mohave campus
Hundreds of Fans Attend Movie Premier in Hurricane






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