Department of Public Works

Municipal Service Center -  4811 N. Saginaw Rd.  Midland, MI 48640  Phone: 989-837-6908

2008 Appreciation of Beautification Awards


The City of Midland Beautification Advisory Committee, a sub-committee of the Parks & Recreation Commission, encourages individual, business and public efforts to make Midland a beautiful city. One way in which Midland citizens are encouraged to improve landscapes, structures and sites in our community is through the Appreciation of Beautification Awards program. The Beautification Advisory Committee depends on Midland citizens to help find hidden treasures in our community, and welcomes public nominations.

One of the awards, the Bette R. Tollar Civic Commitment Award, recognizes major beautification efforts that benefit the community.

To find out more about this great program, watch our special featured video by clicking here. (Windows Media Player 9 and a broadband connection to the Internet required to view video.)

How to Submit a Nomination

Using Online Form (Below)

To nominate a neighbor, friend or anyone else who has made significant improvements to landscaping or structures/sites in Midland, please take the time to fill out the online form below. Improvements to both residential and non-residential (business) properties alike may be recognized.

If you have a digital photo of the property, it may be sent as an attachment via e-mail by clicking here. It is suggested that digital photos over 2 MB in size be burned onto a CD and delivered or mailed to the Municipal Service Center at the address below.

Using Hard Copy Form

Hard copies of the nomination form are also available from the Department of Public Services at the Municipal Service Center, Midland City Hall and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Along with your nomination, please include a brief description of why you feel the nomination is worthy of an award. Once completed, the hard copy forms - with a photograph attached, if possible - may be dropped off at the Municipal Service Center or mailed to the following address:

Appreciation of Beautification Award

Department of Public Services

P.O. Box 1647

Midland, MI 48641-1647

The deadline to submit nominations is August 1, 2008.

The Beautification Advisory Committee will determine winners of the award in September, and an awards program will be held in November.

Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Department of Public Works at 989-837-6908, or to this e-mail address:


Landscaping Accomplishments:

Landscaping accomplishments shall be visible to the public. Backyards which cannot be viewed by the public do not qualify.



(choose only one option)

Structural/Site Improvements:

This category should have a "before" photo as well as photos of the completed project.



(choose only one option)

Bette R. Tollar Civic Commitment


Special Recognition   

Name of Nominee:


Address of Nominee:


(must be within the city of Midland)

(The Planning Department can help determine the address if the number on the property is not visible, and the name of the nominee if it is not known. Please do not submit a nomination without the address.)

Photograph and/or Negative Submitted to Committee: (choose only one option)

Yes     No

Please provide a brief description of why you believe this person, group, organization, home, business or dwelling is worthy of this award:

Nominated By:









Please fill in all form fields, then press the "Submit" button to send information to the Beautification Advisory Committee.

The deadline to submit nominations is August 1, 2008.



Beautification Advisory Committee

The Beautification Advisory Committee is a subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission. The advisory committee is made up of community volunteers and meets monthly on the third Monday of each month.

In addition to the Appreciation of Beautification awards program, the committee also sponsors the "Make Midland Beautiful Art Celebration". The focus of the Art Celebration is to encourage creativity and uniqueness among children by having them create a poster that reflects “What Makes Midland Beautiful.” The program is open to Midland public and parochial school students in the 2nd and 6th grades.

Hundreds of school children participate in the Art Celebration each spring. Here's how it works: Two posters are selected by the art teacher and principal from each 2nd or 6th grade classroom involved. The posters are submitted for review to a team of judges who are selected by Midland Public Schools Art Director Mark Francisco. After review, one poster is selected to represent each school.

All of the posters submitted by area art teachers are displayed at the Midland Mall for two weeks in May. In addition, the poster of each school's student representative is featured on MGTV-5, and students receive special recognition during a Midland City Council meeting.

For more information on the above programs and/or the Beautification Advisory Committee, please contact Jan Yuergens at or by phone at 989-837-6908.