This property won first place in last year's Pride in Your Property contest. Winners will receive utility gift certificates for their dedication to beautifying their properties.

This property won first place in last year's Pride in Your Property contest. Winners will receive utility gift certificates for their dedication to beautifying their properties.

Nominate your neighbour for Pride in Property contest

Residents have a chance at winning utility credits with the Pride in Your Property contest.

Anyone who shows love and care to their property are eligible to win utility gift certificates from the town and there is still time to nominate someone as the deadline is Thursday, June 30.

The Town of Ponoka is offering utility gift certificates to three lucky residents and two commercial businesses through its “Pride in Your Property” campaign, which provides a way to recognize landowners for their dedication to beautifying their property, explained Wes Amendt, director of community services.

The initiative started approximately six years ago. “It was a way of recognizing people for their efforts in taking care of their yards,” explained Amendt.

Last year there was a total of 20 nominations, but Amendt estimates there could be at least 100 properties on that nominations list. He said residents should not be afraid to nominate their neighbours and themselves if they feel they deserve the accolade. In the past, there have been times where a whole block was nominated.

One of the benefits of having a beautiful property is it gives people new to the community a good first impression.

This positive first impression ties in well with the Communities in Bloom program, of which the town is a member. This will be the third year of the program and each time judges come to town, Ponoka has come close short by one per cent to a five bloom review.

Communities are rated based on an in-depth look at the community, which not only includes beautiful streets but also infrastructure.

Evaluation criteria for communities are tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Amendt suggests a good first impression of a community helps tourism and residential and business retention.

“They look at other criteria such as the waste management recycle (program),” explained Amendt.

Judges are set to tour Ponoka in July and a special barbecue is set for July 14 when judges will be able to see winners announced. All those nominated for the “Pride in Your Property” program are invited to attend the barbecue.

Utility gift certificate prizes offer $300 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third. For commercial properties, prizes are $300 for first and $200 for second. Forms can be found on the town website at www.ponoka.ca or at Town Hall.