Arborist Brian Gainer is helping the Weston Planning Commission come up with ideas for beautification projects, and has offered his services to the group after reading the recently released Weston Comprehensive Plan.
Gainer recently moved back to the area after spending a number of years in the Eastern Panhandle and Virginia.
Planning Commission members Marian and Joe Jarrell, Michelle Carpenter, Charlotte Workman and Julia Spelsberg walked with Gainer along the West Fork River bank surveying possible beautification projects for the area.
Arborist Brian Gainer and Weston Planning Commission member Joe Jarrell survey the West Fork River during a recent Planning Commission meeting.
One of the problems faced by the city is the heavy erosion of the riverbank on the eastern side of the West Fork on Water Street near Kathy's Kitchen. As much as 4 feet of the asphalt parking lot has slid down the hill due to the river cutting into the riverbank at the base.
One suggestion was the planting of weeping willow and bald cypress trees along the river. Expanding the sidewalk in front of the State Hospital was also suggested. Gainer also noted that the alley streetscape between Water Street and Main Avenue needs more upkeep.
The commission plans to host a public hearing on the Weston Comprehensive Plan in September.