Nominations sought for Appearance Commission Beautification Awards

Published 6:35 pm Monday, February 20, 2012

Promoting beauty in Polk County, the Appearance Commission Beautification Awards are given annually by the Polk County Appearance Commission to recognize projects that include landscaping improvements and/or structural improvements to the street view of properties. In granting the awards, the criterion is to recognize a diversity of locations throughout the geographic area of Polk County.
Any property owner or renter of a commercial or residential property located in Polk County can nominate their own property or another property if that property is visible by the general public from public roads or sidewalks. Signage, awnings, planters, fountain features and similar elements can also be nominated.
Any project in the county, a town or township can be considered. Selection criteria include:
• Street appearance
• Tasteful landscaping including but not limited to trees, shrubs and flowers
• Well-maintained property
• Effort rather than cost
• Creativity and effort combined
• Structural improvements
• Property in compliance with existing codes, taxes, etc.
The appearance commission will award up to six awards this year, of which a maximum of three will be for publicly owned properties. Awards will be presented in June. Nominations made after April 15 will be held for consideration next year.
To submit an application, use the following procedure:
1. Download and complete the form on the website (
2. Provide pictures of the property, before and after
3. Mail to the following address by April 15: Appearance Commission, Polk County Government, P. O. Box 308, Columbus, N.C. 28722
For further information, call 828-894-3301, ext. 7.
– article submitted
by Cathy Brettman

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