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Ogdensburg City Council considers adding Pride and Beautification Commission to municipal code

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After nearly 14 years of existence, City Council is planning to add the Ogdensburg Pride and Beautification Commission to the municipal code and increase its membership from nine to 11.

At a public hearing Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, Ogdensburg voters will have an opportunity to speak up about the proposal. City Council will vote on the proposal after the hearing.

Commission Chairwoman Mary Ann Narenkivicius said the change is welcome and the new membership will enable the board to take on more work.

“We have so many projects that we’re hoping to accomplish this year,” Mrs. Narenkivicius said.

Some of the projects, including daffodil planting, house painting and some planned park renovations are manpower intensive and require a lot of planning.

“We have a lot of projects and we just need a little more help,” Mrs. Narenkivicius said. “A lot of people, myself included, have been in the commission for a while so it would be nice to get new ideas.”

Mayor William D. Nelson, who pushed for the creation of the commission during the 1999 election cycle, said there are “a number of people who are interested in serving on the commission. Many hands make a light load.”

Mr. Nelson said he expects the proposal to sail through City Council without opposition.

“Council has been 100 percent supportive of the Pride and Beautification Commission since they were founded,” he said.

The proposal will add Chapter 58 to the municipal code and officially encourages not only commission members but other residents to attend meetings and get involved.

Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Dobisky Visitors Center.

The official purpose of the commission laid out in Chapter 58 is to “encourage the beautification of the city of Ogdensburg,” to “work with businesses and residents to encourage new plantings, beautification projects and to engender civic pride,” to collaborate with other organizations and collect money to be used “to improve the aesthetic quality of the city,” to encourage historic preservation and to advise City Council on how to help make Ogdensburg a nicer place to live.

“They’re extremely active,” Mr. Nelson said of the commission.

Mrs. Narenkivicius said she is looking forward to having new membership.

“We love people who love Ogdensburg,” she said.

New members will be appointed by the mayor.

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