- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Residents are working together to keep flowers in bloom along a Dubuque parkway after a hiring freeze prevented city workers from handling planting and maintenance duties.

They have launched an online fundraising campaign in an effort to raise $27,000 to hire a landscaper to replant 45 flower beds, the Telegraph Herald (https://bit.ly/1F8RiFh ) reported.

Individuals and business interested in sponsoring or “adopting” a flower bed can make tax-exempt donations through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Volunteers and garden clubs also are being sought to care for the perennials once they are planted along Grandview Avenue.

“Grandview is an iconic streetscape that is seen by thousands of visitors and residents a week,” said Gwen Kosel, a Dubuque Realtor and resident of South Grandview Avenue. “It’s one of our longest parks and we want to maintain its beauty. Historically, it’s been a point of pride in the city. … We don’t want to see it go to weeds.”

Nearly $183,000 is expected to be saved in freezing several positions in the Leisure Services Department charged with the care and maintenance of landscapes across Dubuque. City Manager Mike Van Milligen said in an email to the newspaper that the positions likely will be restored in the fiscal year 2017 budget process.

“This is really one of our premier streets,” Kosel said. “If we can’t do it as a city … then we as citizens should try to step forward.”

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com


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