If downtown Dalton looks a little brighter and greener this summer, thank Bobbie Anderson.
Drivers and pedestrians may have noticed the baskets full of colorful flowers hanging from streetlight posts in the median on Hamilton Street. Anderson, a member of Dalton's Creative Garden Club, spearheaded the effort to get them in place.
"Back in December, she reached out to us, seeking information on the hanging basket program downtown," said the city of Dalton's Assistant Public Works Director Andrew Parker. "That predated me, but my understanding is that it was eliminated during the recession when everyone was having to tighten their belts. They were nice, but they weren't considered a necessity, so from that time until this year there were no hanging baskets."
Anderson and the Garden Club came back with a proposal to restore the baskets in a more limited manner. Instead of being all over downtown Dalton, they would just be on Hamilton Street — 12 in all, from the Waugh Street bridge to Morris Street. But Anderson didn't just lobby the local government for change.
"She and the Garden Club offered to put the baskets together in coordination with Fiddleheads Garden Center," said Parker. "They supplied the baskets, and the city agreed to install them and to water them. Miss Anderson was the key to it all."
Catherine Edgemon, executive director of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority, called the baskets "a very vibrant and welcome pop of color" to downtown.
For her efforts to make downtown Dalton a more beautiful place, the Daily Citizen-News names Bobbie Anderson Citizen of the Week.