Town approves $1k for Albion flowers

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 March 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – The Town Board said it will spend up to $1,000 for flowers in downtown Albion and other spots in the village.

The board made the decision March 11 at Town Councilman Matt Passarell’s suggestion. The board in February discussed contributing $10,000 to the American Wind Symphony’s three-day visit to Albion in mid-June. But village officials have decided against hosting the symphony, citing the $20,000 cost, and short notice in finding host families for 45 musicians and working out other logistical issues.

Passarell said some of that $10,000 should be directed to the Albion Main Street Alliance, which has been soliciting funding for the flower project. The town gave AMSA $10,000 annually the previous three years, but ended its contribution in 2013.

Town Supervisor Dennis Stirk supported the $1,000 for flowers. He told the flower committee, headed by Lisa Stratton, to send vouchers to the town hall.

“Submit a bill for up to $1,000 and we’ll cut you a check,” he said.

Town Councilman Jake Olles suggested flowers be expanded outside the downtown district. But Katelin Olson, AMSA director, wanted to check with the village Department of Public Works first. She didn’t want to commit the DPW to watering the flowers without village officials’ permission. The DPW waters most of the downtown flowers.