Now is a great time for Main Street District property owners to plan for building improvements to the exterior of their buildings for the spring. The Design Committee offers a Mini-grant of up to $250 reimbursable for these eligible projects: paint, tuck-pointing, replacement of windows and doors and removal of non-conforming elements of a building. The short application can be completed and dropped off at the Main Street Office or mailed to P.O. Box 13. The Design Committee has worked with the City Council to determine Downtown Building Design Guidelines which the Council approved in January of 2016. These are recommended procedures for making improvements. The Design committee also has a group of volunteers who may assist with these improvements!
The Design Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street is responsible for the beautiful wintery mix of evergreens in the 12 pillar planters in the downtown. Jean Walker, Karen Lawton & Kathy Milligan chair this project and were joined by 13 elves on Friday, Dec. 2 to fill the planters. These planters will remain throughout the winter.
Another project of the Design Committee was the seasonal banners down Lincoln Way. The winter banners, Joy in Jefferson, were designed through this committee with Chris Heisterkamp leading this project. These stunning banners will remain throughout the winter season. Plans are for additional banners around the entire square in the coming year.
Funding for these downtown beautification projects are through Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation municipal funds for projects of the City Council’s choice.
The Thomas Jefferson Gardens was the site for this year’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 1. People of all ages gathered around the gardens to sip hot chocolate, tag the tree and listen to the Greene County Singers early. At 5:30 p.m., Santa Claus arrived by police escort on a lighted golf cart to the glee of the crowd. He talked with the children as they moved around the tree. With MC Don VanGilder’s count down, the Christmas tree was lit with hundreds of white lights. The Sugar Plum Fairies danced around the tree and more carols were sung. Chairperson Angie Reese-Hueser was delighted with the turn-out and felt everything was spectacular. She added a few new ideas with several photo ops and reindeer food for Christmas Eve available. Santa headed to the top of the Mahanay Bell Tower where free rides to the top allowed families to visit with him while overlooking the community. The live Christmas tree for the lighting was donated by Deal’s Orchard.