Joyce Beiber, Chamber of Commerce director, commented that there seems to be some confusion about the sculptures. Beiber encourages citizens to be open-minded about the sculptures.
"We shouldn't be too quick to go to the negative side," she said.
As long as the sculptures serve a purpose, are aesthetically pleasing and, don't detract, Beiber believes they have the potential to serve the community well.
The Centerville City Council voted to allow the Garden Club to place the structures in the east crosswalk on a trial basis. Three obelisks of varied sizes are part of the installation. We hope to change any negative opinions as we also consider the possibilities of the sculptures to add interest to a thriving downtown business district.
The Centerville Garden Club has a mission to beautify the Centerville community. They have planted the courthouse lawn, purchased, planted and maintained the pots on the square. They have weeded the streets a couple of blocks in every direction from the square even when local businesses have chosen not to pay attention to these kind of details. The Garden Club helped plant the trees on State Street, the plants at the Post Office and the flower bed at Morgan Cline City Park. They have planted, watered and maintained the corner of Highway 2 and 5.
Plans are currently underway to install pots on the Centerville levee as a way to beautify and show pride in our community. The Garden of the Month honors are awarded by the club. And the annual Demin and Diamonds event and Tour of Gardens are money-making events and activities to promote our hometown.
Elaine Daniels Schweizer
Centerville Garden Club member