The 2017 Landscape Award winners pose for a group photo with their lawn signs inside Eastpointe City Hall council chambers Feb. 8.

The 2017 Landscape Award winners pose for a group photo with their lawn signs inside Eastpointe City Hall council chambers Feb. 8.

Photo by Bria Brown


Eastpointe holds 2017 Landscape Awards

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 13, 2018

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Beautification Commission held its 2017 Landscape Awards inside the Eastpointe City Hall council chambers Feb. 8, recognizing residents and the United States Post Office.  

The awards honor residents and a business that go to great measures to keep their properties attractive. 

Each winner posed for a picture with Beautification Commission Chairman Paul Kolbe, who gifted each resident with a certificate and a sign to place in their yard. 

Prior to the awards, there was a meet-and-greet with cake and refreshments. 

Kolbe welcomed everyone and introduced Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, who had a few words for the winners. 

“People drive up and down the street and they look at houses, and it makes such a big difference in our community,” said Pixley. “I think the Beautification Commission is one of the most important things, because that allows the city to recognize you for all the hard work that you do to your homes. It makes a big difference in the quality of houses.” 

Acting City Manager Joseph Merucci thanked the winners for their efforts. 

“I do a decent job on my yard, but this is astounding to me. Thank you for making this a great place. You’ve made Eastpointe a better place to be,” said Merucci. 

The award winners included James Horton and John Plieman, Patricia Fox, Cathleen Anstett, Jody Gaines, Kerry Krewer, Dan and Lynn Sossi, Cedric and Chloris Rudolph, Stephen Sobczak, James and Kimberlyn Bone, and the Eastpointe Post Office. 

This year, two Eastpointe residents received the inaugural Citizens Award, created to recognize residents who go out of their way, unasked, to do things in the community, according to Kolbe, who gave the two winners their certificates. 

The award winners are Vicky Coleman and Ina “Jo” Prater. 

Kolbe said Coleman picks up litter on Eight Mile Road, and Prater picks up trash on the streets while walking her dog. 

Once the awards were handed out, the winners posed for a group photo with their 2017 Landscape Award Winner lawn signs.