Deadline approaches to sponsor downtown projects 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Tomorrow (Friday, March 18), is the deadline for any individual or business who would like to be a Boots on the Boulevard sponsor.

And while the task force has reached its goal with more than $14,000, anything above that will still be used to beautify other projects in the downtown area.

“We are going to work specifically on Jacqueline Park’s gazebo and Depot Hill,” said Mayor Terry Gardner. “Speer Roofing is going to donate the work to replace the roof on the gazebo. We have already replaced some of the trees. We are planning to put a ‘welcome’ sign in the spot where the (Confederate) soldier used to be down by the railroad tracks.”

The footer has been poured for the sign and electricity is being run in order to illuminate it.

CW&W Contractors are in the process of pouring the slab for the brick patio at the gazebo. There is room for 200 bricks.

“They gave us a wonderful deal on it,” Gardner said of CW&W. “The slab will be lined with original bricks, then the bricks with names and sponsorships will be placed in an inverted slab that will make it easy to place them and make the patio surface even.”

Two black powder-coated benches will be alongside the patio.

Downtown Development Director Mahala Hutto said as long as prospective sponsors contacted her Friday, she could make a “reservation” for them.

Top sponsorship, called BrickTown – $1,000 –  features a brick with a name etched on it that will be permanently placed near the gazebo. This sponsorship includes a logo on a tee shirt. They will also receive a Facebook mention, name on a banner and 10 free tee shirts.

The Boulevard  sponsorship – $500 – receives a logo on tee shirt, Facebook mention, name on banner and 5 free tee shirts.

Garden sponsorship – $250 – includes name on tee shirt, Facebook mention and 2 free tee shirts.

Finally, Friend of Minden sponsorship – $100 – receives name on tee shirt and Facebook mention.

On Friday, April 8, there will be an unveiling of the projects, along with lunch. Webster Printing is supplying the banners.

“This has been a fun project,” Gardner said. “My vision for next year would be to uplight the downtown water tank, once we’ve had it painted.”

Any person or business interested in a sponsorship, may call Mayor Terry Gardner at Minden City Hall, 377-2144.

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