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HQBD: Cleaning up downtown Quincy is a community effort

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- It's a very busy weekend ahead for the Historic Quincy Business District with its annual Sidewalk Sales, a Blues in the District Concert and the Midsummer Arts Faire. 

Historic Quincy Business District Executive Director Travis Brown says he's getting complaints about the cleanliness and condition of the city's downtown area and with the city not choosing anyone to do the downtown beautification, he is asking store owners to step in.

Brown is asking store owners to do things like pull weeds and remove trash in front of their stores.

Kirlin's Hallmark Marketing Director Laura Sievert says the Kirlin family regularly pulls weeds, sprays, plants flowers, and its employees keep the sidewalk swept.

She says it's just good for business.

"It's just a matter of pride," says Sievert.  "If you have pride in your business and pride as a business owner you're going to want to put your best face forward.  We're always careful to be on top of trash after events, for example, or keeping our planters all up-to-date with pretty flowers in season."

WGEM hasn't heard back from the city on this issue but Brown says for the last two years, the city has awarded the Historic Business District with the contract for Downtown Beautification, but this year it's using a new process and has taken bids.

He says that bidding process is now over and he says the city should decide next week on whether or not to award that contract.

He says once that happens, the business district can start maintaining the area.

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