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Officials deserve applause for making communities better

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By The Staff

Every day our government gives us a reason to grumble, whether it's been imposing new taxes or something else. But last week the hard work of Tell City officials and Insight 2000 gave us a reason to cheer.

As The News reported Thursday, Tell City received more than $1.8 million in a Neighborhood Stabilization Grant. This money will be used to purchase abandoned and foreclosed homes, demolish dilapidated structures and redevelop vacant lots.

Those who worked hard on this project deserve a round of applause for helping to find ways to breathe new live into areas that need it.

Without receiving funds like the Neighborhood Stabilization Grant, our community might not be able to keep up with the growing number of vacant or rundown homes and unkept lots.

Tell City has been fortunate in receiving grants to help the city improve its appearance, including the downtown rehabilitation project, which was completed last summer. That project helped Main Street's curb appeal with partial new sidewalks, benches, bike racks and plants.

Other Perry County communities are also working hard to make improvements to their appearance. Cannelton officials are working diligently to make sure residents keep their properties in order. The same goes for Tell City.

We have, on several occasions, called for the help of residents to make sure our communities reflect the home we know and love and we do this again.

Every Perry County citizen is able to do a little something to make this county the best it can be. Whether it's planting flowers on your own property or others, or painting a fence, every little bit helps.

Let's keep our county looking its best to let our leaders know that they're not the only ones thinking about the reflection of our communities.

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