City offers residents the chance to earn cash prizes from home


GRAFTON— While the COVID-19 quarantine period may be keeping individuals home, the City of Grafton is offering an incentive to those residents who use this time to spruce up around their properties.
Each year, the city sponsors a beautification contest as a way to motivate and reward individuals who have done a noticeable amount of work and put in the effort to clean up or fix up the exterior of their homes and properties.
Homeowners, nonprofit organizations and business owners located within the city limits of Grafton are all eligible to apply.
These beautification projects can include anything from painting, to landscaping, replacing doors and windows, removing tall and unsightly weeds, the demolition of dilapidated structures, clearing debris, trash or litter, removing inoperable automobiles and weeding sidewalks around the location.
“We have a lot of great organizations here in Grafton, that are always looking for ways to help the community. This contest is the perfect opportunity for these groups to do just that,” commented Grafton City Manager Kevin Stead. “Whether they want to pull weeds out of city sidewalks or pick litter up out of a park. Those are all improvements that will help our city.”
 Just remember, in order to qualify for the contest, projects must be completed on the exterior of residential homes and businesses and should be visible from a public street or road.
The City of Grafton Beautification Contest will run until the application deadline of September 30, giving residents plenty of time to complete their projects.
Applications can be picked up that the City Building, located at 1 West Main Street, during their normal business hours. Participants will find complete contest guidelines, along with additional project suggestions on the application.
Each application must be submitted with before and after photos, as well a brief description of  what was accomplished.
The contest photos will be judged, and a first and second place winner will be announced following the September 30 deadline.
The second place winner will be awarded $250, while the resident, business owner or organization that claims the top spot will be presented with $500.
“Last year, we only had one entry. So both prizes went to her. While we appreciate the participation of that individual and are thankful for the improvements she made to her residence, it is disappointing that more individuals didn’t apply,” Stead remarked.
He continued by noting that the sole purpose of this competition is to encourage residents to take pride in not only their properties, but in their community as well, saying events like this tend to have a domino effect.
“We have a town to be proud of,” Stead voiced. “There is no better time than now to get those projects you’ve been putting off completed, and take a chance at winning cash prizes in return.”
For more information in the contest, swing by and grab an application. Stead also revealed that applications will soon be available online by visiting, https://www.graftonwv.org/beautification/.

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