The city of Manawa will be adorned with flowers this summer. But who is responsible for watering these flowers?
This question was presented to the Manawa Common Council at its March 17 meeting.
Judy Trull and Sandie Wilz, of the Manawa Area Chamber of Commerce, asked if the city would commit to watering flowers this summer.
Trull and Wilz, along with Amy Starr, are on a chamber committee to arrange for businesses to sponsor hanging baskets. They also noted that the Manawa Downtown Revitalization group is working on purchasing benches that include planters.
They estimate there will be about 20 hanging baskets and about six benches in the city this summer.
The purpose is to “make Manawa prettier,” Wilz said.
“We got started a little bit late last year,” Trull said. “Our main concern is how to take care of the flowers this year.”
“They need to be taken care of on a daily basis,” Wilz said, noting it would be very costly to hire someone just to water the flowers.
Trull asked if there was any reason why the city crew couldn’t do it.
Mayor John Smith said the problem last summer was that the city crew did not have the right equipment to water the flower baskets. On his own, Smith purchased the proper equipment and did most of the watering last year.
“I am willing to help on the weekends,” he said. “I just don’t want to help everyday – it’s too much.”
Wilz reported that some of the chamber members are willing to help water flowers on the weekends.
Trull requested that the city consider taking care of the watering during the work week.
The council agreed to discuss the matter at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting.