Cookeville City Council has allocated some $15,000 in its new budget towards downtown beautification.
City Manager James Mills said how those funds are spent is yet to be determined. He said that it could be used for anything from plantings to a mural.
“Of course our downtown is a major economic hub for the city and it draws a lot of people into the downtown and spend money, which we generate revenue from sales tax,” Mills said. “So we want to continue to beautify our downtown to encourage people to visit and to spend money.”
Mills said that council has even created a new position in the Leisure Services Department to help in the process. He said that a landscaper will be responsible for looking at ways to improve downtown both on the West Side and on the square.
Mills said that the decisions for spending will probably be determined by the next city council in conversations with CityScape, Leisure Services, and potentially even the chamber. He said that they are going to look at how to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to this downtown investment.