STREET-CRISES & RESTORATION
Committee launched the Main street project by hand delivering & picking up
an Area Survey, asking residents IF and HOW they would help. It asked Who would donate money, labor,
materials, heavy equipment hours, doors, windows, paint, roofing &
electrical materials & skills, curtains, carpet, park benches, food for
volunteer workers-and so on.
Residents were asked to
SIGN their NAME & PHONE numbers to this survey so we would know WHO to call
Results of this survey
clearly proved 99.9% of our area folks wanted & would help to restore the
visual charm of our downtown and wanted to capitalize on our rich Irish heritage
& town’s history.
Owners of abandoned
buildings & lots were contacted, back taxes were forgiven or paid by
Betterment, and deeds transferred over to the City & Betterment.
Stores were renamed to reflect original city founders. Paint colors were chosen from the historical paint pallet & built around colors predominant in Ireland.
IRISH ANTICS—Keeping Work Fun
Melrose is gifted with
the art of making work fun & a social happening. Main street work days were
filled with laughter, potlucks, and Irish antics.
An example: When it
came time to paint our buildings, we could not decide which color to paint
“Winnie’s Store”. So we painted a little section on the south side one color—and
a little section on the north side another color.
Then we rested & flagged down cars going through Main street to take a survey & vote as to which color they wanted it to be. Majority ruled and we love the chosen color.
AND PROGRESS ‘SOARED’ INDEED
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