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May 1, 2013

Clean-up day, plant sale planned in Center Line

Spring events to begin at 9 a.m. May 11

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

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The Center Line Beautification Commission will host its first-annual Plant Sale beginning at 9 a.m. May 11. Proceeds will fund the group’s beautification efforts across the city.

CENTER LINE — The city of Center Line and the Center Line Beautification Commission will host a pair of events beginning at 9 a.m. May 11 to help residents accomplish their spring cleaning and landscaping goals at little or no cost.

Center Line’s 8th Annual Clean-Up Day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city’s Department of Public Works, located at 6685 10 Mile Road. Residents are invited to dispose of large items, including furniture, building materials and appliances without Freon. Yard waste, tires, pressurized tanks and hazardous materials, including oil, paint, gasoline and fertilizers, will not be accepted.

The Center Line Beautification Commission will hold its first-ever plant sale fundraiser beginning at 9 a.m. and running until all plants are sold. Various perennial plants — including hostas, irises, lilies and Black-Eyed Susan — will be available for purchase at $1 to $2 each at two locations: the Gazebo next to Shopper’s Market on Van Dyke south of Engleman, and the DPW parking lot at 10 Mile and Sherwood.

“This is the first year of our plant sale,” said Mona Welsh, who headed the plant sale committee for the Center Line Beautification Commission this year. “We were all brainstorming at our meetings. We thought, ‘We are a Beautification Commission. When we thin out our gardens this spring, why not bring some of our own plants and sell them?’

“We have a lot of new neighbors in Center Line. They’re starting gardens. We thought it would be nice to have some master gardeners there to answer questions, and some plants to get them started cheaply,” Welsh said. “It’s the same day as our city Clean-Up Day. That makes it very convenient.”

Welsh said it has been a goal of the Beautification Commission since it was reactivated three years ago to beautify Center Line without adding to the city’s financial burden.  She said donations to the commission help make planting flowers in beds throughout the city possible.

“Any donations are accepted. The whole idea was to take it (the cost) away from the city,” Welsh said. “New members are always welcome, too, if they’d like to join.”

Center Line City Manager John Michrina said the events are part of what’s being done to further establish the city’s aesthetic identity.

“When someone comes into Center Line, we want them to say, ‘This is someplace different.’ We want a sense of place, and I think we are really getting that,” Michrina said. “We want people to know the minute they cross Stephens into our town; we want them to see the difference. We are a different place and we want people to know that.”

For more information about Center Line’s 8th Annual Clean-Up Day or the Beautification Commission’s plant sale, call (586) 757-6800.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.