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Watertown councilwoman proposes beautification program

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 For a dozen years, Ten Eyck Street resident Allison F. Gorham has planted flowers and put up decorations in a small park at Clinton, Massey and Holcomb streets.

And now City Councilwoman Sarah V. Compo Pierce is proposing expanding that kind of volunteer effort in city-owned parks and public places throughout Watertown.

She’s been talking with city Planning Department staff about implementing the Adopt-A-Spot program.

“It was something that I just came up with,” she said.

She envisions volunteers — individuals, families, nonprofit groups and businesses — playing important roles in caring for city parks, traffic islands and other public spaces and improving the city’s quality of life and beauty.

Volunteers can do such things as planting flowers, raking, pulling weeds and reporting graffiti, hazardous conditions and vandalism to city staff.

She’s put together a list of about 30 spots where the work can be completed. The city would then erect a sign at the spot to recognize the efforts.

She hopes to get the program up and running later in the year.

Her colleagues on City Council need to sign off on the program.

City Manager Kenneth A. Mix thinks it’s a good idea. The Planning Department is looking into the idea.

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