Beautification committee working on plans to landscape Bankhead St.

By Angie Barmer

The New Albany City Beautification Committee met last week to discuss upcoming projects.

A discussion was had on the future landscaping-based city beautification projects, including, but not limited to, planting trees along Bankhead Street and doing landscaping and all of the entrances and exits to New Albany.

Jean Ashcraft made the motion to use native plants whenever possible for any and all city beautification projects. The motion carried.

There are no further definite plans on the landscaping-based beautification projects at this time.

The committee budget was brought up in discussion as well.

The current budget for the committee is approximately $14,300. Of that amount, $3,000 is being set aside to pay for the architectural rendering plans that Sam Creekmore is going to draw up for various city beautification purposes. Approximately $10,000 is going to be spent on purchasing 27 more decorative street signs that will be placed on various streets throughout the city. That leaves the committee with a leftover budget amount of approximately $1,300. The new budget will begin Oct. 1.

The street sign project has been going on for a few years now and after these 27 signs are purchased, only 27 additional signs are left to be purchased to complete the project.

In the near future, artists will be chosen to paint artistic designs on the long wall located on Highland Street that runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Currently, there is a Famous Feet of Mississippians mural painted on the wall. The committee will purchase a neutral color to prime the wall first.

The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Aug. 19 in the New Albany City Hall boardroom.