Effort to beautify square gets nod from commissioners

March 30, 2013

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During the same meeting in which County Auditor Stan McBroom reported that the final reimbursement for the courthouse restoration was received this week from the Texas Historical Commission (THC), county commissioners acted to get back something they feel they lost to the THC.

It had not been well received when the THC demanded that crepe myrtle trees around the courthouse be removed because, according to County Judge Darrell Cockerham, those trees were not there when the historic courthouse was built.

“They made us take out those crepe myrtles, which everybody loved,” he said. “And now it looks drab.”

But drab may soon turn to fab, thanks to a collaborative effort to bring some plant life back to the courthouse proper.

The Commissioners Court on Tuesday gave a green thumbs-up to the Courthouse Beautification Project. Volunteers, along with city and county representatives, intend to place large potted plants on the four corners of the courthouse property. At some point, there may also be benches. The city of Granbury, which was represented at Commissioners Court by Communications and Marketing Director Shanna Smith, has pledged to take care of watering the plants. Hood County Master Gardeners will maintain them.

Volunteer Heather Cleveland, who addressed commissioners from the speaker’s podium, said that local businesses are providing soil and non-toxic plants. Cleveland and Smith told commissioners that research is being done in regards to future funding sources to do more with the beautification project.

“You had me at hello,” Cockerham stated, just before the court gave its unanimous approval to the effort.

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