Granby aims to spruce up downtown with large planters
New planters and plantings installed this spring will be the first step in a push to beautify Granbys downtown.The town board recently approved an amount not to exceed $27,000 for the 3-foot by 3-foot planters to be placed along six blocks of Agate Avenue (Highway 40), from about Wrangler Tire to Mavericks Grille. They also approved another $2,000 for a landscape architect plan, to be rendered by Neils Lunceford of Lunceford Design Build, Landscape and Garden Center, Granby. The plan will focus on four town-owned areas downtown: the Farmers Market town parking area; the southeast corner of the stoplight, the northwest corner at the car wash; and the south corners near Mad Munchies.The town then can review the plan and make a determination about putting the projects out to bid.The decision followed a presentation by the Main Street Town of Granby Design Committee members, who for six months have been formalizing ways to spruce up downtown.They started with snow removal.Keeping sidewalks clear in the community has been a problem. A Granby ordinance requiring business owners to shovel the public walk went into effect this month. But even with the law, which Main Street committee members support, there inevitably are areas that get missed, members told town trustees.The design committee asked town board members if the town could help. Clearing a walking path in the early morning with a machine would help business owners who dont open until later, they suggested.Businesses would still be responsible for clearing their entire business frontage area within 24 hours of a snowfall, but an early morning walking path would at least keep sidewalks pedestrian friendly. Kevin Mines, CPA, of H&R Block in Granby, was shoveling his walk Thursday morning.A model of what the design committee requested is already being done with the help of a nice guy whom he has never seen, he said. In his part of town, hes noticed that someone does a first early-morning scrape, and business owners come in and do the rest. The design committee asked the town to consider paying for a contractor to plow early sidewalk snow on all its walks for the remainder of the season, at an estimated cost $6,000. Mayor Ted Wang asked Granby Street Foreman Joel Moore if this could be accomplished in-house, since the town already owns the appropriate equipment, to which Moore suggested that hiring a part-time employee to do the work would make it feasible.The same could be said for summer months and street sweeping, the design committee suggested.The town board held off on a decision about the snow removal proposal and other town property enhancements committee members suggested until more information could be reviewed, but gave the go-ahead for the planters.In related news, Chuck DAprix, principal of Economic Development Visions in Washington, D.C., has been spotted around town conducting interviews and studying Granby. The consultant plans to present his initial findings and suggestions on ways to bring vitality to Granbys business district at a public meeting set for 1 p.m., today at the Granby Town Hall. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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