Dublin City Council awards grants for neighborhood aesthetics
Dublin City Council handed out three grants last week that members said they hope will improve the aesthetics of local neighborhoods.
For the 2013 Beautify Your Neighborhood grant program, Post Preserve, the Woods of Indian Run and Lochslee Condo Association will receive about half the funding allotted for grants this year.
The Beautify Your Neighborhood grant program was started in 2011 with the goal of providing assistance to Dublin homeowners associations for beautification projects.
This year, $32,000 was available for grants, but the city only received three applications.
"They all met the criteria," said Councilman John Reiner before asking council to approve $14,687 in grants.
The Woods of Indian Run will receive a $4,806 grant for its $9,614 project.
The association plans to refresh the entryway landscape bed along Coffman Road and remove shrubs to make sure the entry sign into the neighborhood is visible.
Plans also include transplanting some existing landscape material from the existing landscape beds to Indian Run Park.
The Lochslee Condo Association was granted $5,000 in funding for its $12,980 project that will include planting trees near the entryway in Muirfield Village, replacing the entry sign with lights and planting shrubs around the community mailboxes.
The association plans to remove old shrubs and replace them with new perennial and annual shrubs.
A $5,000 grant will go to Post Preserve to help create a "scenic, park-like setting along Post Road/Hyland Road," information to council said, as well as to install new landscape beds and trees, improve landscaping and repurpose a damaged stacked stone wall.
The entire project is expected to cost $15,430 and the neighborhood will pay for $10,430, with $300 coming as an in-kind donation from a Post Preserve resident in the form of professional services.
The neighborhood also plans to construct a connector channel between two existing storm water basins. In the future a wooden bridge will be installed over the channel, the grant application said.