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Community preserves nodes

Monday, July 7, 2008

Volunteers from the ABC committee turned out on June 30th to plant perennial flowers at nodes adopted by the committee. Funds for purchase of flowers came in part from rental of space on a sign that is located on the property of the real estate business owned by Robert and Joanne Lundquist. (Joanne is wearing blue and Robert is to the right of her). Photo by Ken Ross
Responding to the city's lack of funds to maintain the decorative landscaped areas at the corners of downtown Main Street intersections (called nodes), some citizens and organizations have stepped forward to replant and maintain the nodes, an alternative to a suggestion of paving over the nodes.

The Association for Beautification of Cherokee (ABC) committee has recently adopted the north and south nodes on the east side of Fourth Street. Using revenue acquired by a sign at the real estate business property of Robert and Joanne Lundquist, contributions from MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy ($150 each) and the labor of ABC volunteers, flowers were planted at the adopted nodes this week.

The flowers were from Rhoadside Blooming house. Owners John and Donna Beier, brought their expertise to the landscaping project as they did to the landscaping at the northwest corner of the intersection of Second Street and Bluff Street. That is next to the location of the Lundquists' business, where there is a sign that provides announcements of community events. The sign is rented out and the revenue goes through the city to the ABC committee.

There are 16 nodes included in the 2003 Main Street renovation, originally thought to be low-maintenance landscaping. The ivy-covered areas turned out to be higher maintenance than expected.

Inmate labor was used to keep the nodes weeded and mulched but the availability of Rockwell City minimum-security inmates was ended when the work release program was stopped two years ago.

The ABC committee is involved in many projects around the community but could not keep up with all of the nodes. The members decided to concentrate on the nodes on the east side of Fourth Street and encourage other individuals and organizations to adopt other nodes.

The Cherokee Street department will maintain the nodes on the four corners at the intersection of Highway 59 and Main Street, keeping the original ivy cover, but other nodes will have flowers and mulch cover, smaller versions of the landscaped area at the intersection of Bluff Street and Highway 59.

The contact person between the city and the ABC committee is Greg Stieneke.

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