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Program inspires community pride



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May 16, 2018
There's a new trend based on an old foundation that's catching on in Imlay City. Community pride. Pride of ownership. Elevating the town's image while encouraging others to do the same.

What's the new trend? The 'House of the Month' program initiated by Imlay City's relatively new code enforcement officer Joe Schierlinger.

Schierlinger created the 'House of the Month' program to encourage residents in Imlay City to take care of their home and property. Beginning April 1, homeowners were encouraged to maintain their homes, yards and flower beds, keep vehicles off of their lawns and, depending on the season, keep the sidewalks and driveways clear of snow. "We will be looking for the best kept home in Imlay City," an announcement from the Imlay City Police Department says.

Thus far, two homeowners have been recognized in the program—both with homes and properties worthy of praise and recognition. The first recipients were the Richey family, owners of the historic fieldstone home on Almont Avenue. A standout, the Richey's home always looks neat and tidy, well cared for and loved.

This month's 'House of the Month' award went to another historic homeowning family— Jerry and Leslie Howard's place on West Sixth Street. The impressive Victorian home has been completely refurbished, and is another showcase property for Imlay City.

Like the Richeys, the Howards received a custom-made plaque from Imlay City's Charlee Jack Designs and recognition in the local newspapers. They've also sparked a new interest in community pride.

Kudos to Code Enforcement officer Joe Schierlinger for creating this new program that's based on old-fashioned values, which are obviously still alive and well in Imlay City.

If you'd like to nominate a homeowner for the 'House of the Month' award, email the address to Code Enforcement Officer Joe Schierlinger at jschierlinger@imlaycity.org or call the police department office at 810-724-2345.

Congratulations to the Richey and Howard families—and thanks for the inspiration!

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