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Community input about sprucing up Main Street needed

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From page A3 | December 16, 2013 | 10 Comments

Determining what, if anything, the community wants to do to augment the painting that the Benjamin Moore company has committed to do on Main Street, is the next step in “Paint What Matters.” A recent letter from the Benjamin Moore Company, followed up by phone calls, was sent to business and property owners on Main Street, laying out the project outlines.

“They will be conducting lead testing on all buildings from Sacramento Street to Bedford Avenue,” said Matt Boyer, volunteer liaison between Benjamin Moore and the Placerville Downtown Association. “Depending on the results of the testing and the approval of the business and property owners, they will decide the buildings that will be painted.”

Benjamin Moore selected Placerville’s Main Street as one of 20 around the nation to be painted and revitalized. The paint company will supply the paint, stain and supplies for facades and other exterior building trims, as well as the labor for the first story of each building selected. But some in Placerville are seeing the project as an opportunity to seize the moment and see what else might be possible to revitalize Main.

“Everyone wants the final reveal next spring to be fantastic,” stated Lisa Crummet, marketing director for the PDA. “There are many things that we can plan for  in parallel with Benjamin Moore’s project, from powerwashing the sidewalks and replacing awnings, to looking at restoring the roofline lighting. Local schools and businesses are already talking about ways to help with discounted and volunteer services.”

Benjamin Moore may also offer a paint voucher program for businesses outside the selected painting area.

“We want this revitalization to reflect what the community wants. Is there something more we’d like to do, collectively?” said Boyer. “We are moving forward with equal parts of caution and boldness. We don’t want to be presumptuous, but this is a great opportunity for the community to capitalize on the energy and enthusiasm surrounding Main Street, without a government-driven planning study.”

When the lead testing is complete, the Placerville Downtown Association and Benjamin Moore will host a community meeting for business and property owners at Town Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Details about the project scope will be available at the meeting and the community’s input will be presented.

To elicit community input, the PDA has created a form for the public to fill out with their ideas or areas where they might want to volunteer, including donating materials or equipment. The form is available for downloading on the PDA Website at placerville-downtown.org, for pick-up at City Hall and at businesses on Main Street, or can be cut out of this newspaper below. The forms can be completed and mailed to the PDA at P.O. Box 2156, Placerville, 95667 before the Jan. 30 meeting or dropped off at Placerville News, 409 Main Street in Placerville.

“If we get completed forms before the meeting, it gives us time to think about how we can match resources and ideas,” said Boyer. “I hope people come to our community meeting in January filled with ideas and the energy to see those ideas to fruition.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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  • color blindDecember 16, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    The hangedman could use a new set of duds.

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 16, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    "...meeting for business and property owners .." the hundreds that voted are not invited...interesting. "...and the community’s input will be presented." From a distance...fill out the form. lololol Is the City Council invited?

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 17, 2013 - 10:42 am

    I say to hire a good mural painter and start with some themes. Maybe pre- Gold Rush and famous trail blazers, Spaniards and natives and early emigrants and giant land grants, the Gold Rush and then Silver Rush period starting with Coloma, miners courts and the town's namesake of fast and certain justice, one of the oldest newspapers and Sheriff's Office, the early ranchers, Pony Express, early vinters, etc. and throw in some of the famous westerners who made local history like Sutter, Marshall, Studebaker, Snow-Shoe, Carson, Fremont, Old Caleb Greenwood, James Hume, Johnson's cut off, and the like. The Mormon Battalion who blazed the trail here, worked for Sutter, discovered gold, and then were called back and went over the ridge to Utah and home and then returned for more. I am sure people can nominate a few more..

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 17, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    A "good" muralist would do it for supplies and the promotion of their work--their communication of an idea--the message. Several artists should be asked to apply and come prepared with their portfolios. But then you would need judges...I would insist on people who know some of the history of murals...know how to judge the murals message. <-----good luck with that. A great mural can tie a community together...shows its values,traditions --its heart.. A bad mural shows that no one cared about the message.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 17, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    There are some very nice old west murals down in Bishop, Ca. Seems I saw quite a few last time I was down that way. Might be just what is needed and fill the bill for a "spruce up."

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  • Nathan EdgecombDecember 17, 2013 - 8:21 pm

    Forget the painting, how about pressing the city council with getting Main Street repaved? I came home to visit and was shocked at how poor the pavement was.

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 17, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    Nathan--you have an excellent point. I was just saying if they go with mural--to use muralists--nothing worse than a "bad" mural.

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  • robertdnollDecember 18, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Fran,you got that right.They even made Michelangelo practice on the ceiling

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 28, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    lololol Robert, I just saw your comment from last year--very good..too funny :) He was a crazy son of a gun. I spent years studying his work...all that dark modeling--turned out it was dirt. lolololol Great artist..tempermental...also a poet.

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  • EvelynFebruary 28, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Painting of Placerville Delayed and Cut Back - HERE

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