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Main Street Project helps beautify Tripoli

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by Danielle Wagner

TRIPOLI (KWWL) Soon 12 wooden planter boxes will line Main Street in downtown Tripoli.

Saturday, volunteers helped stain and build the planters. Other volunteers used laundry baskets to put flowers in the planters.

The project is part of a series of projects to help spruce up Tripoli.

"This shows it's a good community we can help make better and attract some new people and reward the folks that live here," said Ron Lenth with the Bremer County Extension Office.

The Bremer County Extension Office helped develop many of the ideas, including the planters for Main Street. It's a project for the community, by the community.

"We've presented our plans to every volunteer organization in town to every business in town and without exception as soon as people heard about it, signed up on a volunteer list," said council member Jay Ranard.

City leaders said the goal is to make Tripoli shine like the bright community it is.

"We've lost a lot of business in town so I think the only way we can see a lot of growth in town is to become a good place for people to live and raise their kids if they work in Waterloo and Waverly," said Mayor Denis Ducker.

Some of the other improvement projects include painting light poles, putting up banners, fixing parks and adding a walking trail along a creek.

"This is one of the good things about living in rural America. Folks work together, everybody pitches in and we get out of it what we put into it, and extension has been part of rural America for more than 100 years," said Lenth.

The goal is to have the town looking like new by the first of August for Tripoli Days.

On Saturday, June 5 volunteers will paint 13 metal light poles. If you'd like to help, meet at the town hall at 8 a.m.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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