The village of Urbancrest has been recognized for their efforts in promoting green practices in waste reduction and recycling by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
At the June 5 meeting, council announced that the village was one of SWACOs three finalists for the EMERALD Award for Community Excellence. The village was up against Westerville and the city of Grove City for the top honor. The award went to the villages neighbor.
“Even though Grove City won, I think being a finalist speaks well for the village as far as what we can do, said Mayor Joseph Barnes Sr.
Councilman Kenneth Skeaton agreed.
“As a community, we can take pride in the recognition.
Skeaton said the village would continue to make stronger efforts in their green initiative.
“Tell Grove City its ours next year, he said.
Village secretary Elberta Barnes submitted the village for consideration for the EMERALD Award for Community Excellence.
“I did it because I feel like we are improving and growing as a community and that we were worthy of recognition, she said.
Elberta sent in photos of green efforts taking place in the community with a focus on gardening.
Urbancrest has numerous residential gardens – with a few rain gardens – but the largest one is behind the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA. That is the community garden that has been tended to for years and then shared with the residents when the harvest is over.
In other news, Barnes said the village would be participating in a park improvement contest sponsored by Coca-Cola. It will be a nationwide online voting contest where the location that receives the most votes would get $100,000 for park improvement. Those coming in second place would receive $50,000; third place $25,000 and random locations would receive $15,000.
Barnes said newsletters would be sent out to residents soon informing them on the contest rules and how and where to vote.