EDITORIAL: Benjamin Moore beautification should be just the beginning

Jul. 10, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford folks truly care about their community.

If you're not a believer, just consider one recent example of how residents rallied around their city.

Enough folks voted for Sanford in Benjamin Moore’s “Main Street Matters” contest that it has been named one of 20 towns selected from the 130 communities included in the nationwide balloting to receive a downtown facelift courtesy of the paint company.

Downtown Sanford Inc. Executive Director David Montgomery told The Herald that the large number of votes “shows the community's passion.”

A prepared statement from the company notes that Benjamin Moore will provide “all necessary paint, stain and supplies for facades, porches, railings, shutters and other exterior trims. ... The areas to be painted will be determined jointly with town representatives and residents, and Benjamin Moore color experts will consult on color choices.”

While the exact portion of the downtown area that will be part of these improvements has yet to be determined, there's no doubt that the changes will provide a boost to our city.

Montgomery said he is hopeful that the painting will spur other local improvements.

“There may be good candidates that may need some work prior to a repaint,” he said, “and I think that's the intent of Benjamin Moore, to see this thing get further beyond just the painting. These things are certainly contagious.”

That sounds like a great idea.

Let's take this opportunity to improve our entire city. Thanks to our citizens for voting so that we might be the recipient of Benjamin Moore's generosity.

Now, our citizens need to respond in kind by staying involved in keeping our city clean and beautiful.