City commits to helping improving West End

Encouraged by the efforts of the West End Association and businesses such as Wah Lung Restaurant, to make improvements in their neighborhood and in their own properties, in a press release from his office, Mayor Ken Cockayne has announced the city will add to the efforts.

The release said the city plans to beautify the intersections of West and School Street include removing overgrown brush/weeds and installing planting beds for flowers and mulch near the municipal parking lot. The city also will install several large planter boxes on sidewalks near the busy intersection, and replacing worn sections of streetscape will also happen.

The West End Association has committed to maintaining the plantings and the area, said the mayor’s release.

In the press release issued Thursday, Cockayne lauded civic minded organizations, recognizing two in particular.

“This is an ongoing effort to improve our neighborhoods. Addressing blight and vandalism is one thing, but beautification efforts are important as well. When we see progress, we need to build on it,” said Cockayne in the release. Organizations like the West End Association, and also the Forestville Village Association, are critical, and collaborative efforts like this are outstanding.”

Mayor Ken Cockayne, Walter Veselka and Ray Rogozinski of Public Works, and Dave Hamelin of the West End Association.

Mayor Ken Cockayne, Walter Veselka and Ray Rogozinski of Public Works, and Dave Hamelin of the West End Association.