Pilot Butte’s Beautification Committee’s Jan. 18 meeting generated blooming reports of hanging baskets planned for the summer months around town.
The committee’s report to council indicated its funding request to Town Council had not been finalized as of that date. However, the committee revealed plans for hanging baskets throughout the town to provide an explosion of colour from the municipal light stands on Fifth Avenue at Fourth Street, Third Street, Second Street and First Street.
Two baskets on Fourth Avenue are planned at First Street and Butte Street. Second Avenue will have hanging baskets at Seventh Street, Sixth Street, Fifth Street and Fourth Street. Six baskets will hang along First Avenue at Third Street, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Sixth Street, Seventh Street and at Walter’s Trailer Park.
Additional baskets are planned at the Discovery Ridge Gazebo, the town’s welcome signs, the local post office’s bulletin board and at the Hillside Park sign.
Coun. Jean Lowenberger, the town’s representative on the committee, said they discussed the projects desired in 2021.
“Some of these projects we are taking head-on have to do with some of the things which had been neglected … but will be great for the town.”
Coun. Scott Einarson added, “There’s lots of opportunities to develop the green spaces in Pilot Butte.
“We did submit a grant for $16,000 and it’s a coin toss on whether we get that, but there has also been some community interest in raised gardens. Instead of doing one big community garden, we have thought of spreading it around into a couple of smaller ones around town in the green spaces.”
Council did raise concerns over whether there are enough water sources available for the green spaces to be viable, which may require further action in the future.
Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum