By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
City of Ely Mayor Melody VanCamp has teamed up with City Councilman Bruce Setterstrom and his wife Pat to form a group dedicated to the “beautification” of downtown through the installation of permanent flower planters and benches. After having been pitched to the city council and mayor by Pat Setterstrom and Tammy Carlgren in a meeting weeks ago, the planters and benches are now ready to start being set up along Aultman Street. All they need now is sponsors from the community.
“A group of citizens were concerned about the appearance of downtown Ely, so they formed a beautification group to do something about it,” VanCamp said. “The flower planters are being made by volunteers with assistance from the Parks Department, at substantial savings, and the benches will all be purchased locally.”
The Mayor continued to point out that donors will be recognized with a commemorative plaque on either the flower planter or bench. They can also honor those Ely residents who have passed away with “In Memory of” inscriptions, or used to promote businesses or organizations. The cost of donating is $85 for a flower planter, including the plaque, flowers and maintenance and $125 for a bench including a plaque.
“A commemorative plaque will be placed on all benches and planters with their donor’s name. The City will maintain the flower planters during the Spring and Summer. The city Council has embraced this project in hopes that we can make a difference.,” VanCamp said.
Carlgren said she has been pleased working with the council and their support in getting this idea to come to fruition.
“The Mayor and the City Councilmen have been wonderful and sincere as far as making positive changes for the city,” Carlgren said.
VanCamp said that she wanted to make sure that she gave credit to everyone who has been involved with the project.
“A big thanks to Tim Moser and his students from Lund for getting our flowers started and Mike Cracraft for all his work in making this dream a reality! And also a thanks to those folks who are involved on this committee, Tammy Carlgren, Audrey Clark, Robby and Silva Robinson, Margaret Bath, Councilman Marty and Andrea Westland, Randi Anderson and Councilman Bruce and Pat Setterstrom.”
For more information on the project or to make a purchase of a flower planter or bench, contact Pat Seterstrom by phone at 702-419-8479 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mayor VanCamp at 775-289-3102 or through her email email@example.com.