Hopefully, this last summer,
you enjoyed the pleasure of taking a leisurely stroll around downtown Fenton.
After all, isn’t that one of the best perks to have when you live in a lovely
Most likely you would have
taken your walk on one of the cooler evenings since Fenton and the
surrounding area experienced the heat wave of the century.
If you happened to walk in between
Billmeier Camera Store and Crust Bakery, the flowerpots and window boxes there
were just overwhelming with spectacular plantings! Colors and textures abounded
along with the most unusual specimens, some of which you might have never seen
before. Then, taking a closer look, one would notice these plantings all around
Who makes all this happen,
you wonder, and how do they do it, especially during the kind of summer everyone
experienced this year.
Introducing The Fenton Beautification Commission!
mayor, with the approval of the City Council, chooses 9 members for the
Their Purpose: To pursue and maintain beauty and strive for aesthetically pleasing
surroundings in the city, in the following manner:
By promoting public education against the discarding of litter in our
streets, alleys, sidewalks, gutters, parks and other recreational areas or
similar public places
By enlisting the active support of interested individuals, business,
industry, the schools and civic organizations
By encouraging developers, absentee owners, homeowners, tenants and
businessmen to accept basic responsibilities for preserving and enhancing the
beauty of public and private places
To sponsor, plan and promote special spring and fall fix-up, paint-up,
and cleanup campaigns
To investigate, study and recommend plans for improving the general health,
sanitation, safety and cleanliness of the city
To encourage the placing, planting and preservation of trees, flowers
and shrubbery and to sponsor and promote Arbor Week
To sponsor a program of general improvement of appearance of all
properties in the City
Currently, just 5 members
serve Fenton. But they hope to gain 4 more community minded members very soon!
Cherie Smith, the Beautification Chair, has served faithfully for almost 14
years and has enjoyed some wonderfully close friendships because of it.
“Beautification isn’t a one person show, we love to brainstorm and build on
each other’s ideas. We especially like to improve an area for people to enjoy!”
As you can see, improving an
area involves so much more than you think. Being closer together and helping
each other in a community is part of what makes it great! It’s part of what
makes Fenton such a wonderful place to live. The Fenton area is rich with
people that believe in giving back. In fact, when Cherie was asked what made
her want to give of herself, she related a little about her childhood in her
home growing up. “My dad felt you didn’t just live someplace, rather, you
helped to make that the best place it could be by participating in your
community and church and by helping your neighbors.” Then she added, “My mom
took meals to friends who were sick or had a loved one die. We always helped
people we heard of, who were in need.” She recalls, “I thought that was what everyone
And, it isn’t just about
flowers. Each season brings with it new décor! Many spouses don’t realize while
they’re giving their wife a lift to her next meeting that they are also working
that day to install the fall décor and make Fenton more festive, fun, and
beautiful! The Beautification Commission hopes you enjoyed the cornstalks and
scarecrows along Shiawassee and S. Leroy Street this past season! The husbands
The spirit of ‘making home a
better place’ shows up everywhere in Fenton! In the weeks ahead this series
will bring to light the many remarkable projects that have been completed in
the past and the many fabulous projects already
in the works for the future. The series will also highlight behind the scenes
action that supports major projects like the coming Streetscape, North Leroy,
and the new Fenton Fire Hall!
Along with the projects, old
and new, the series will highlight many of the people involved with
beautification on a continuing basis and how they came to be involved.
Look for the Beautification
Commission members giving out more than 500 free cups of delicious hot cocoa
to all the Fenton residents, when you attend Jinglefest on December 1st. Who says a warm tummy isn’t beautiful on a
cold night in December?
For more information visit cityoffenton.org/board/2