And the envelope, please. The winner of Marmet’s Most Improved Property Contest is…
Michelle and Eric Lyttle!
The Lyttles double-lot on Marmet’s main street had two houses, one garage, a small storage building, and a mobile home. They purchased the property about five years ago and had done minor work each year.
Over the course of the summer, they accomplished all of this…
- Added vinyl siding
- Painted doors
- Installed new fencing
- Moved the mobile home
- Built a deck
- Demolished the garage
- Demolished one house
Yes, folks, they demolished not one, but two buildings. It’s safe to say that this is a much larger improvement than anyone expected.
The $500 award provided by Marmet Town Council paid off big-time. To demolish the buildings and move the trailer alone was more than $4,000! Plus, the Lyttles used their prize money to pay their property taxes so the funds went back to the town.
The Lyttle’s before (right) and after (top) photos clearly illustrate the Most Improved Property Contest is a valuable tool for small communities to incentivize the cleanup of their property.
In fact, the Marmet City Council has decided to run the contest again. The next round of the Most Improved Property Contest was announced on Sept. 6 and will run until Aug. 25, 2017. If you live in Marmet and are interested in participating, get in touch with a member of the Marmet Bucket Brigade at email@example.com.
If you’re interested in implementing a similar contest in your town, check out The Hub’s original blog post for the contest guidelines.
“This was just a wonderful, wonderful contest,” Michelle told the Bucket Brigade. “I’ve been telling everyone to get busy and start taking photos.”
Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a creative idea to improve small communities.