Keep Hutto Beautiful Celebrates 10 Years
Hutto, TX, July 5, 2017– After 10 years of existence, Keep Hutto Beautiful is looking towards the future.
Born as a City Commission in May 2007, Keep Hutto Beautiful was tasked to “assist the City Council in establishing a Citywide policy for decreasing the amount of loose refuse in the City, enhancing and preserving the City's natural beauty, and encouraging the use of landscaping and the improvement of deteriorating features.” They did this through various initiatives such as encouraging recycling in the schools, beautification projects, and the Annual Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off. The commission was also responsible for the Orange Crush Daylily becoming the official flower of the City of Hutto. Collaboration made it possible for the Hutto Community to win the Governor’s Community Achievement Award from Keep Texas Beautiful and Texas Department of Transportation in 2010. The award of $160,000 was used to build the Hutto sign that welcomes residents and visitors alike as they enter the city on Hwy 79.
In November 2016, the Keep Hutto Beautiful Commission was officially dissolved by the Hutto City Council in order for the commission to transition into a Foundation, independent of the City of Hutto. The Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation, governed by a new board of directors, is focusing their efforts on the renovation of the Peterson Community Garden and developing new programs and educational outreach that promotes sustainability.
“We are proud of all that Keep Hutto Beautiful has been able to accomplish in the past ten years. Our job now is to position the Foundation for the next decade through strategic planning and community engagement. We are excited to bring a new level of programming and services to the Hutto Community with a focus on sustainability.” – Jessica Romigh, Chair of Board of Directors
Over the last nine months much has been done to get the Foundation primed to take things to the next level. One of these achievements is the recent development of a new brand and website. The board is also developing a master plan surrounding the renovation of the historic piece of farmland in Downtown Hutto known as the Peterson Community Garden. Volunteer work days have been scheduled for this summer to enlist the help of individuals wanting to be part of the initial stages of cleaning up the property.
Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation’s mission is to inspire the community to be environmentally engaged by providing education, resources, green initiatives and beautification opportunities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is one of 398 Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates in the State.