Keep Charlevoix Beautiful- Survey 2
BEFORE VOTING PLEASE READ:
The KCB Board is considering changing the traditional petunia display. The proposed changes include:
1. No curb side petunias
2. 300 baskets lining both sides of US 31, every 50ft from city limit to city limit
We are considering this change because of the challenges with the amount of time, effort, maintenance, weeding, and money involved withcurb side petunias.
The KCB Board estimated that the eight all volunteer committee members spend more than 627 hours/year planning the event. This is what goes into the operation:
Prior to Planting Day:
1. Work with grower to order petunias/baskets.
2. Dig out all plant beds using specialized tractor.
3. Follow tractor in a city truck to pull the traffic control board.
4. Two people hand dig where the tractor can't reach.
5. Work with City to fill the beds with new dirt and clean up debris.
6. Apply pre-emergent to the soil.
7. Organize block captain meetings (get and train volunteers, produce and hand out maps and shirts).
8. File State Highway permits.
9. Put up and take down banners advertising planting/weeding.
10. Work with City on planting day to place traffic cones, coordinate city sweeper truck, permits, etc.
11. Manually unload 1,256 flats of flowers and store them until planting day.
1. Two people walk entire route and mark the curb with paint so that volunteers know where to drop off Petunia flats.
2. Two crews of six workers load and distribute all the flowers.
3. Take extra flowers to East Park to be sold.
4. Pick up the trash and empty flower trays.
5. Pick up all traffic signs and cones.
6. Deliver water to volunteer planters.
7. Organize and produce a picnic to feed 300-500 people. This includes securing food and equipment donations, filing permits, and volunteer orchestration.
Post Planting Day:
1. Unload 76 flower baskets from grower’s truck, reload them onto flatbed trailer and then hang each one downtown.
2. Water petunias every sunny day beginning at 5 a.m. Currently this huge job has been done by Dale Boss for 31 years. This involves multiple water refill stops and fertilization.
3. Spot check beds for moisture levels using hand meters every day.
4. Water and maintain extra petunias. Replace dying petunias with the extras.
5. Organize 2 community weeding days. Repeat of planting day; permits obtained, cones and traffic signs are put out and picked up, water distributed, etc.
6. Maintain and repair the Petunia Truck.
7. Wash and Drive Petunia Truck during parades.
8. Walk the route once a week and fix any baskets if they become broken.
1. Attend 12-15 board meetings to discuss, organize and make sure all of the above happens.
2. Create, organize and perform fundraising events.
3. Produce multiple mailings requesting donations and then send out thank-you letters.
4. Keep accounting records.
5. Work with news outlets to advertise.
6. Maintain website and Facebook page.
The Board recognizes the benefits of the traditional petunia display but we must take into account the following factors:
1. Dale Boss will be retiring from his watering duties in the next couple of years. The Board will need to pay someone $15,000/year to do this job.
2. Volunteer numbers have been decreasing every year for both planting and weeding
3. The curb beds on US 31 (controlled by MDOT) are very low in some places and flowers will not grow in these areas.
4. Weeding is an issue. Due to changes in State laws, inmates cannot be used .
5. Placing baskets instead of curb side petunias would eliminate the following: weeding, planting day, block captains, replacing dirt, cleaning out beds, fertilization, community picnic, etc...
6. The initial cost of the baskets are high but once in place the cost would decrease allowing KCB to take on other projects that would enhance the beauty of our community.