Friday, July 16, 1999

Cheviot shows its colors

Banners fly above streets

Enquirer Contributor

        CHEVIOT — Civic pride abounds in this city — just look overhead in the s main business district. Multicolored banners, attached to most every utility pole, tout the town: “A Great Place To Be — Cheviot.”

        “We're getting an awful lot of positive comments about it,” Mayor J. Michael Laumann said of the banners, which started going up last week.

        By the end of the month, 50 decorative banners — all the same design, with purple backgrounds and primary-colored lettering — will be in place in the district: a T-shaped stretch of about five blocks that intersects at Glenmore and Harrison avenues.

        The display is a joint effort of the city and the Cheviot-Westwood Business Association. The banners cost the city about $5,000 from the Parking Lot Commission Fund.

        The fund, Mr. Laumann said, was established years back to pay for the city's three municipal parking lots.

        When the parking lots were completed in 1997, the account had dwindled, so the city decided to supplement the fund with revenue from the city's parking meters and allow some flexibility for other improvements, he said. Time Warner Cable volunteered the equipment and labor to hang the banners.

        “This is actually the first funding for anything other than parking out of that fund,” Mr. Laumann said.

        The relatively small purchase is having a noticeableimpact, said Marilyn Holt, owner of Gump Holt Funeral Home and an association member.

        “We all thought we should do something and decided this might be a good idea,” she said. “Everybody that's seen them thinks that they look great; and I must agree.”

        Association President Bonnie Perrino, who owns Angels Touch Nursing Care in the heart of the district, concurs: “It just makes the city look more homey. It's so nice to walk down the streets and you know all the business people; it's amazing what comes out of that community spirit.”

        The banners are expected to remain in place until the Christmas season, when they will be replaced with traditional holiday banners.


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