New council members take oaths of office

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:51 PM.

VERNON — The Vernon City Council learned the Garden Club will be receiving a $100,000 highway beautification grant and welcomed two new council members on Monday.

Pam Cates shared a letter she had received from the Florida Highway Beautification Council notifying her that the Vernon Garden Club had received a $100,000 grant for a beautification project along Highway 79.

“You may remember, I came before the council a few months ago asking for permission to apply for this project,” Cates said. “I was thrilled to find out that our project was accepted.”

The Vernon Garden Club was one of 30 applicants for the grant, Cates said. The project will include irrigation and landscaping work from Creek Road south to Pompei Street, Cates said.

The beautification project is meant to go along with the planned widening of Highway 79, and Cates said she hopes the new highway plans include a median.

The grant requires that the plans for the project be complete and required agreements executed within one year.

The council also welcomed two new members as Shawn Sanders and Tray Hawkins were sworn in to their offices on Monday. Council President Tina Sloan was also re-elected in the March 12 city election, as was Mayor Michelle Cook, who was unchallenged.

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