As you all know, we have launched the Façade Improvement Program. This is a small matching grant program that will help fund cosmetic storefront improvements to local businesses. We are accepting the first wave of applications, so get yours in by May 15th at 12:00 noon. Those who turn in their applications will come in next Friday at 5:00pm for quick interviews with the Façade Advisory Committee in order to speak about the proposed storefront improvements. Approved applications will pass onto the Board for final approval and then move on to disbursing funds! Program details, resources, local contractors, discounts and information are all located on the City's website. You can submit your applications electronically in email or in person at City Hall. Please contact me at any time and I would be more than happy to help with your application.
Our Committees have been busy as usual working on a number of projects around Reedsport. We are working on projects such as storefront decorations, Bike Friendly Business Certifications, Pop-up Businesses, resources for local businesses, promotional events, networking opportunities, fundraising projects for the Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Event, Façade Improvement Program, Steam Donkey Preservation Project, and the Banners Project. We now have a website: www.reedsportmainstreet.com! There are so many opportunities and projects we have in the works and would invite you, your family, friends, and neighbors to come and be a part of all the wonderful projects developing J
On a final note, there is an amazing volunteer opportunity coming up! For those of you who like to get your hands dirty and be a part of the action, we have a great project! Next Wednesday, May 13th at 12 noon we will be meeting at Bicentennial park to work on park restoration. Our Public Works Director, John Stokes, and I are looking for volunteers to help spread wood chips, line the trail, clean up garbage, pull weeds, and help us to get everyone excited about this gem of a trail here in Reedsport. The meeting place is where 22nd street turns into Forrest Hills Road by Pump Station #5. We will send out more information next week with specific activities, what to wear, and a map. Please let me know if you are interested in helping us with this project.