Beatrice’s community development department has created an initiative that could help entice property management.
The community pride awards began in May with two properties recognized for being particularly well-groomed. Two additional properties are to be chosen on a weekly basis.
Rob Mierau, the community development director, said the initiative is to help bring more positivity to the community.
“A lot of times with our department, specifically, we tend to get looked on to take care of the negative things, in terms of picking up yards and mowing properties,” Mierau said. “We were just kind of looking to be more positive, and hope that that will inspire other people to do good things, as well.”
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Mierau said that they are not just looking for mowed lawns, but well-maintained property structures, clear sidewalks, trimmed plants and the like.
The property owners are recognized with a sign outside their property, as well as a $10 fuel voucher from Mom’s Corner to cover the cost of their next mow.
Mierau said he hopes the initiative helps promote being a better neighbor.