These first place winners in the 2013 Farmington Beautification Awards received their plaques during the ceremony at the Governor Warner Mansion on Grand River:
- Mr. and Mrs. John McLoughlin
- Meredith Eaton
- Oleg M. Legunyak
- James Stark
- John and Kristin Eberle
- Stephen Plasko
- Kimberly Harris
In a press release, committee chair Larry Kilner said the Farmington Beautification Committee hands out the coveted bronze award plaque each year to one household for each voter precinct, along with other awards. Homes are judged on street curb appeal only.
Mayor Tom Buck opened the ceremony and noted that CNN Money Magazine recently placed Farmington as number 27 on their “best city to live in” roster. He added that residents who were in attendance to receive beautification awards played a role in Farmington achieving that honor.
After receiving their awards, each gardner was asked to give a brief description of what inspired them. One recipient said her landscape design was in memory of her grandmother. Another, who used bowling balls in her landscape, said that her first bowling ball was her father's and her friends donated the rest. I
The awards were presented by Pam Wright and Linda Chiara, who are also members of the Committee.
The goal of the Beautification Committee is to further inspire residents to take interest in making Farmington a more attractive community, Kilner said. Along with the house awards, the committee tries to achieve at least one major goal each year.
This year’s goal was to hang American Flags on the streetscape light posts in time for the Memorial Day Parade. Another achievement was the redesign of the tract of land where Shiawassee meets Grand River. The committee is currently interested in recruiting more members to help beautify our city. Any one interested can do so by contacting city offices, 248-474-5500.