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The Residential Committee’s goal is to encourage the beautification of our residences, schools, and churches by selecting a “Yard of the Month” winner. Citizens of Ironton nominate their favorite yard each month and committee members select no more than two yards as winners of “Yard of the Month”. A sign is placed in the winning yard(s) for a month and then replaced with a smaller one that remains with the homeowner. A picture of the winning yard(s) is spotlighted in the Ironton Tribune. The Yard of the Month is awarded from April through October. One month the church yards of Ironton are highlighted.
From time to time, classes will be offered to residents to provide tips and advice on landscaping, flower planting, lawn care, etc.
This committee works to encourage businesses to improve their curbside appeal to shoppers, pedestrians, and visitors. A month award is given to a local business that is nominated by Ironton citizens. The selection criteria include a litter free store front, parking lots, and alley, an appealing store window, and side walk floral display, and if applicable, a beautifully landscaped area surrounding the business. Committee members will determine monthly winners, and award will be made to the business owner, and a picture will appear in the Ironton Tribune.
In addition, this committee will work with building owners to fill vacant store windows with window displays. These displays might be historical seasonal, promotional, educational, etc and maintained by the owner, a civic club, school, or church group.
It is the goal of this committee to plant pride in Ironton through the beautification of downtown Ironton, our five entrances to our community, and our residential areas.
Polelplanters, hanging baskets, and large 36” diameter pots are placed primarily in the downtown business area and at our city entrances. This committee makes recommendations to the organization and all contractual decisions are voted on by the Ironton in Bloom members.
Classes on landscape design for residents, church yards, and businesses will be offered from time to time.
The goal of the entrance committee is to welcome our residents, consumers, visitors, and tourists. This committee works with individuals, groups, Liebert Corp., and Ohio University Southern to develop and maintain Ironton’s entrances throughout the year. Each year, additional beautification projects are planned. Signage will be addressed and the maintenance of litter free, mowed right of ways is a top priority. Eventually, mass floral plantings may be implemented working with the Ohio Department of Transportation and local Garden Clubs and civic organizations.
The goal of this new committee is to attract visitors to Ironton by automobile, bus, or boat. Working with the Friends of Ironton, the Lawrence County Historical Society, the Ohio University tourism program, AAA, etc., plans will be made to encourage individuals to visit our community. It will probably take two years before we are ready to welcome tour groups. Much ground work must be laid before the first tour bus arrives. In the meantime, IIB will support local tourist activities through beautification projects, support of a litter free community, promotion of local businesses, and volunteering at community events.
Helping our citizens to understand what Ironton in Bloom’s vision of “Planting Pride in Ironton” means is the primary function of this committee. The Ironton Tribune and its publisher, Mike Caldwell, play an integral part in this endeavor and provided invaluable leadership in our initial year.
Ironton in Bloom is more than beautification. It is community involvement, support of local business, development of tourism, historical preservation, ground cover and urban forestry, and tidiness (litter control, mowing of weeds, removal of junk cars and furniture, and structures that are uninhabitable).
Only with the support of educated citizens pushing our local government to enforce ordinances will this goal of “Planting Pride in Ironton” be achieved.
This committee’s responsibility is to convince residents, businesses, and local officials that this is a goal worth achieving.
Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce 216 Collins Avenue South Point, Ohio 45680-0488 Telephone: (740) 377-4550, (800) 408-1334 Fax: (740) 377-2091
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