As spring turns to summer, Marysville is launching its fifth annual Beautification Program to recognize residents and businesses whose efforts make the city a prettier place.
The awards recognize those who contribute to the appearance of Marysville through landscaping or exterior renovation improvements.
Clerk of Council Connie Patterson said the program grew out of the Public Affairs Committee and is now overseen by the Exterior Property Maintenance Committee.
"Many people in Marysville put a lot of time and hard work in making their properties look beautiful in the summertime, and they should be recognized for all their hard work," Patterson said.
Nominations are being accepted through July 14.
Judging will be done by members of the property maintenance committee between July 21 and Aug. 4. Criteria include first impression, selection and placement of materials, originality of design, and overall character and integrity of the property.
"It makes people aware of their properties," Patterson said. "It makes people aware of the neighbor and incentive to beautify their neighborhood."
The program contains two categories:
* "Property Enhancement" recognizes exterior improvements. Past winners have included new landscaping beds and complete facade changes to homes and businesses.
* "Beautifully Maintained" recognizes any regularly maintained property. Qualifying projects include homes, businesses, subdivision entries and gardens.
Four winning homeowners -- one per council ward -- will be chosen in each category. Additionally, one business, one gateway and one storefront winner will be chosen per category citywide.
The storefront division, which can also include window displays, is new this year, Patterson said.
All nominated properties must be within Marysville city limits. Anyone, including the property owner, can submit a nomination. Entries are limited to one per property.
Patterson said city officials want to increase the number of nominees, and they hope some of the new subcategories will encourage more entries.
Last year, eight beautification awards were given -- five to residents and three to businesses -- as well as 15 honorable mentions.
To nominate a property, fill out the application on the city's website at marysvilleohio.org or call Patterson at 937-645-7356.
Nomination brochures, which include the application form, can be found at supporting local home improvement stores and nurseries.
Completed applications are due July 14 and should submitted either in person or by mail to: the city of Marysville, Office of the Clerk of Council, 209 S. Main St., Marysville, Ohio 43040.
Winners will be recognized at the Sept. 11 City Council meeting. Awards include a flag and decorative stone recognizing the property as a 2014 award recipient.