“First Street First” Campaign
SEP Beautification Committee
- To enhance the eastern gateway to Swanton, the community we are proud to call home.
- To work together on a project that will enhance citizen engagement and pride.
- To achieve buy-in by our commercial partners and residents by soliciting their ideas and involvement in a unique neighborhood project
- Get sponsorships from commercial entities along the corridor of First Street from I-89 to the Library to support the eventual plan for beautification.
- Identify residents of First Street who are personally known to Committee members.
- Create a draft plan
- Identify steps for implementing the plan
- Discuss the draft plan elicit ideas for implementing it with the Planning Commission, Swanton Arts Council, elected officials, and others.
- Identify a 2 or 3-person team to meet with our commercial partners on First Street to solicit sponsorships: members of the Beautification Committee, SAC, elected or appointed officials.
- Suggested questions and talking points in meetings with residents:
- What are your thoughts for making this entryway a beautiful symbol of our community’s pride in Swanton?
- What do you think of planting trees and flowers along the corridor?
- What would that look like?
- How do you think public art could make the street more attractive?
- What do you think of trees being planted in front of your property in the public right-of-way?
- If suitable, would you be willing to accept and maintain a tree placed on your property?
- What about flower beds? Placement?
- Would you be willing to maintain the bed by watering it daily and pulling weeds?
- If you know your next door neighbor, would you introduce us so we could get their ideas in a similar discussion?
- Using the information gathered, identify specific sites on the map for trees, flowers, art.
- Sponsor a neighborhood meeting (free food and drink) of First Street residents to discuss our findings and to elicit more ideas.
- Beautification Committee and SAC meet with the Planning Commission and elected officials to report our findings and present a concrete plan for implementation.