At the May 14 Placerville City Council meeting, four local businesses received beautification awards for their efforts in improving the appearance of the city. Mayor Wendy Mattson presented the awards to Dr. Daniel Morrill for Precison Eyecare; Jose Rodriguez, owner of Torino’s restaurant; Lanny Hardy, manager of the Cary House; and Richard Esposito, publisher of the Mountain Democrat.
Precision Eyecare moved from its longtime location at 532 Main Street to 118 Main Street in April, the site of a former gas station. Of the new two-story building now on the premises, the mayor said, “That old gas station was an eyesore — you had the vision to turn that space into beautiful architecture with natural effects and landscaping.”
Torino’s Italian Restaurant opened at 251 Main Street in April, the former site of Casa Grande restaurant and Vesuvio’s Pizzeria. Rodriguez was present to accept the award for his remodel.
“Along with Brick’s and Cascada, you’ve added another vibrant eatery in downtown Placerville,” said Mattson, “and we appreciate it.”
“I’m so glad they kept those four doors when they remodeled,” said Councilwoman Patty Borelli, who once owned Vesuvio’s along with her late husband, Carl Borelli. “I bought those doors for $500 each in the 1960s.”
Hardy, new manager of the historic Cary House, came in for his share of praise from the mayor.
“Every morning, our city manager sees you sweeping the sidewalk in front of the Cary House, the alleyway and behind the Cary House,” said Mattson. “You’ve power washed every single brick and we thank you for beautifying our city.”
The final award went to the Mountain Democrat for its remodel of the former Blockbuster Video store at 2889 Ray Lawyer Drive. The newspaper moved into the building in April and is leasing their former location at 1360 Broadway to Tractor Supply Company. Esposito was on hand to accept the mayor’s award.
“You saw the possibilities and potential of that old, rotting Blockbuster building and repurposed it,” said Mattson. “Not only that but you didn’t leave the city and you brought in a new tenant for Broadway. I visited the new office and I appreciate your efforts.”
The Mayor’s Beautification Award was started in 2011 by then mayor Mark Acuna to recognize beautification efforts in the city.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.