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Keep Blanco Beautiful August 15, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012 2:21 PM

The following budget request was made to the City of Blanco by KBB for 2012 - 2013. There were not funds to help with our requests and it was suggested that we contact the public for assistance.

Each year we have a membership drive as our fundraiser to cover all of the projects that we do in a year. Our signature event is the "Trash Off and Blanco River Cleanup" which is held in April. The Beautification committee meet every Tuesday morning, weather permitting, to improve and maintain the city property. We also have 8 other committees. We appreciate all of the businesses and citizens who make donations and become members of KBB. With our growth for the Christmas in Blanco Trail of Lights and adding more trees and improvements in the Bindseil Park and on the city property we do need additional funds.

Please read our request to the city and if you would like to make any donations for these requests, please contact our treasurer Judy Dorsett at 830-833-5663. We appreciate you all so much.

Beautification Committee $1,415. New Tree Planted $750. Soil Amendments U Chemical $225. Fertilizer, mulch, compost, water hoses $125. Wheel Barrow $55. Pruning tools - land pruners (2-3), large lopers $160. Tools - leaf rake, digging fork $100.

KBB has improved and maintained the City of Blanco landscaping in Bindseil Park, the Pecan Bottom, the Byars Building, and the yard at City Hall. KBB also has improved the properties of the businesses around the Blanco Historic Square, since the group’s beginning in 1999, to make the attractive town that we are today.

All of the tools that have been used have been provided by Judy Dorsett or volunteers. Every Tuesday morning for 13 years, when the weather permits, Judy has spent time loading up her truck to bring the equipment in and then her time to unload the equipment plus the bags full of trimmings. It would be nice and easier if all of the equipment is stored at the park.

KBB has used money from the fundraiser events, sponsorships, and memberships each year to buy and plant trees, purchase the amendments, soil, chemicals fertilizers, mulch, compost, and water hoses to make the city parks and properties beautiful.

The memberships and fundraisers are not enough to accomplish all of our goals and we need to have help from the city to maintain the beautiful landscaping and maintenance that the Beautification Committee does to make our Historic Square beautiful not only for our tourists but also for our Blanco citizens. Our goal is to plant one new tree a year in the park areas.

Christimas in Blanco Committee $1,000. Labor & Equipment to hang and remove Christmas lights in the treetops in the Christmas in Blanco Trail of Lights $500. New Lights $500.

The fundraisers and memberships funds have been used for 12 years to purchase all of the Christmas decorations to decorate the City of Blanco property, Bindseil Park, and Pecan Bottom as well as trees along 281. In 2012, Blanco was once again listed in the Hill Country Trail of Lights brochure. We knew that we did not want to be ashamed of our town and efforts when the season started on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We were not. In fact, we were extremely proud of our town and all of the wonderful comments that we received.

We plan on expanding the trail this year and expect even more visitors and participation by our Blanco families. We are requesting that the city help us accomplish this with this budget request.

Total budget request $2,415.

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