Beautification Contest judges to begin making rounds on July 8
With summer upon the southwest suburbs, the Palos Hills Beautification Committee and the Parks and Community Resource Department are encouraging residents and businesses to keep their properties attractive for the city’s 6th annual Beautification Contest.
Judging for the event will take place July 8 through 28, with a new twist on the judging suggested by Palos Hills Alderman Martin Kleefisch (1st Ward). Kleefisch spearheaded the creation of the contest in 2007.
“I think the city’s aldermen should judge the contest this year,” he said at a recent City Council meeting.
The suggestion went over well with Mayor Jerry Bennett and the City Council. Alderman will not be allowed to judge properties in their respective wards in order to remain objective.
Judging will be based general appearance of buildings, fencing and edging; and overall landscaping — particularly lawns, shrubs, color accents and trees. Judging will focus solely on front and side yards. The event has never included judging of backyards. All properties in Palos Hills are eligible, there is no application nomination process.
Awards are given to single-family homes, businesses, multiple-family residences, churches and schools. City officials have encouraged residents to plant summer annuals and add a splash of color to their lawns.
An award ceremony will be held for the 2013 Beautification Contest winners later this summer. Contest winners will be notified prior to the ceremony so recipients can attend with their friends and families.