In the future, the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center may be getting a landscape makeover with the planting of several crapemyrtle trees.
The Board of Stephens County Commissioners listened Monday to the prospect from Carolyn Rodgers, chairperson of Duncan Beautification. Rodgers was instrumental in getting Duncan named as the Crapemyrtle Capitol of Oklahoma, established as such in 2008.
Rodgers would like to add more of the trees and blooming bushes on the fairgrounds to go with the ones that are already in place on the west side of the arena. However, the new ones would be along the fence line of the grounds where traffic coming in and out of Duncan on the south side of town would see them.
“The fairgrounds are a gem for Duncan because the events there bring in so many crowds,” said Rodgers. “Landscaping goes a long way and (the fairgrounds) would make a good place for crapemyrtle.”
Her reasons for bringing this item to the commissioner’s attention is the fact that buying the trees adds up and Duncan Beautification relies on donations. Each year, there is the Crepes for Crapemyrtle fundraiser, but those funds only go so far.
Already in the past couple of months, the committee has planted 62 trees along Duncan’s Crapemyrtle Trail and 20 at an office location. Rodgers said they would like to further the process by planting more at the fairgrounds, but help is needed financially for this to happen.
“I would like to see a drawing and find out what it would look like and what the costs might be,” said Commissioner Todd Churchman. “I do think it would make it look nice over there.”
The commissioners agreed to allow Rodgers to come up with a design and cost estimate they could review at a future meeting.
In other business, they approved:
- A detention services agreement between Muskogee Youth Services and Stephens County.
- A resolution to underwrite the selection of a bridge design consulting firm in connection with the construction of a public project.