Hickory – The streets of Hickory are lined with numerous landscapes and spaces that have been beautifully renovated or restored.  Each year, the City of Hickory’s Community Appearance Commission (CAC) takes nominations for its annual Beautification Awards Program, which highlights these attractive areas.

Beautification Awards are presented to individuals and groups who have made an outstanding effort in crafting, developing, and maintaining a beautiful property either through landscaping or renovations and/or restorations to a building within the City of Hickory limits.  The five awards will be presented in the following categories:

•Residential Landscape

•Residential Renovation and/or Restoration

•Non-Residential Landscape

•Non-Residential Renovation and/or Restoration

•Special Award – Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop, non-profit organization, etc.

Strong nominations will include landscapes that are visually appealing, inviting, and utilize materials creatively.  Overall enhancement to the neighborhood should also be considered, as well as whether plants are drought-tolerant and native or locally-adapted.   It is important to note that any topped trees on a property will disqualify a project.

Nominations for the Renovation and/or Restoration Projects Award, in the Buildings and Structures category, should consist of properties with improvements that maintain and enhance the overall architectural character and integrity of the structure or the neighborhood and reutilize an existing structure.

“We have had fun with this program, being able to recognize the special pride that owners take in their properties.” said Andrew Straw, Chair of the CAC.  “We have had both large and small businesses win, as well as individual homeowners.”

Straw added, “We have tried to make the nomination process very simple, and have included a special category for things like Eagle Scout and church group projects in addition to businesses and residences. The CAC members have been active in making nominations in the past, but I hope we can get more participation from the public at large this year. ”

To nominate a property, please submit a nomination form, which can be found at www.hickorync.gov/content/community-appearance-commission, along with at least one photograph of the property, to the Community Appearance Commission, Attention: Cal Overby, City of Hickory, P.O. Box 398, Hickory, NC 28603.

Nominations may come from individuals outside of Hickory City limits, but the nominated property must be within the City limits. Submittal deadline is September 12.  Awards presentations will be made at a reception on October 18, prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.  Please call (828) 323-7422 for more information.

The mission of the Community Appearance Commission is to enhance the appearance of the City of Hickory by advising on, and implementing programs of general community beautification. Members help coordinate the activities of individuals, agencies and organizations, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of the City.

Photo: Non-residential renovation on 2nd Ave., NW