About $30,000 in grants will go to Dublin homeowners associations, thanks to the city's Beautify Your Neighborhood grant program.

About $30,000 in grants will go to Dublin homeowners associations, thanks to the city's Beautify Your Neighborhood grant program.

Dublin City Council members approved $30,926 in grants to eight homeowners associations March 12, about twice the grant money available.

Dublin had $15,000 to give out in grants through the program, but received about $30,000 in requests.

By utilizing $5,000 from the hotel/ motel grant fund and almost $2,000 left over from last year's Beautify Your Neighborhood grant fund, some of the remaining $15,000 was covered.

Council members also approved an additional $8,939 to cover the remaining grant requests.

"This will add ambience to the city," council member John Reiner said.

Grant applications included a $5,000 request from Bishop's Run for the installation of five natural stone benches and a landscape bend. The association also plans to modify its lighting system by retrofitting it with LED bulbs. The entire project is expected to cost $13,485, and $8,485 will be covered by the association.

Bryson Cove requested $3,875 for the removal of wooden fences and installation of landscape beds with evergreen trees. The association plans to match the funding.

A $5,000 request came from Campden Lakes to install light and artwork at the entryway at Summit View Road and Campden Lakes Boulevard. The group also plans to remove invasive undergrowth, plant shrubs and install bird boxes. Campden Lakes plans to pay $8,130 of the $13,130 project.

Dublin Village plans to do landscaping and replace old light bulbs with LED lights with timers for $10,578. The group requested $5,000 from Dublin.

Glenbarr at Muirfield wants to replace an entry sign on the west side of Muirfield Drive, north of Brand Road, and requested $1,500. The sign is expected to cost $4,000, but if estimates come in higher the group can work with city staff to adjust the grant, the staff report to council states.

Two stone signs will replace wooden signs at the entries at Muirfield Drive and Avery Road to Sheffield Meadows. The $5,000 grant will also cover the replacement of existing lighting with LED lights, stone wall repair in landscape beds and new landscape materials in the beds of entryways. The entire project is expected to cost $17,912.

At Wedgewood Glen, the homeowner's association plans to landscape three islands with a $3,812 grant from the city.

The Woods of Dublin received a $1,739 grant to plant six spruce trees along Dublin Road. The grant also covers the removal of honeysuckle and the planting of three redbud trees on Windwood Drive.