Community businesses that go the extra mile have been getting a bit of recognition from City Hall recently.
Since February, Mayor Tom Arthur has been giving Community Improvement Awards to area businesses -- and he hopes to give the awards to regular citizens soon, too. Arthur has given out two awards so far, one to Mario Bros. Mexican Restaurant and one to Moore Funeral Home, for their attempts to make Brazil look a little better. He thinks the idea has been well-received.
"I always felt that businesses should get awards for improving their community," he said. "When they put their time and money in, it improves the business, and that improves the town. Even residents who fix up their property deserve some recognition. I've had this idea since I was on the council, and when I became mayor, I just did it."
Arthur said he hopes that nomination sheets will be available by the time he gives his April award. Anyone who knows of a deserving business or individual will be able to submit one of these forms.
There are no specifications for getting the award, Arthur said. If the change is noticeable, the persons behind it are eligible for an award.
"It doesn't have any classification," he said. "Any business or person who has improved the community is eligible.
"For instance," he continued. "Mario Bros. got an award mostly because of the awning. It really brings the building out, makes it stick out. The Moore Funeral Home got theirs because of the work on their property. All the work they've done on the houses really livens up that whole street. Those businesses are really standouts."
He said that the idea came from talking with community members.
"I've talked to a lot of people who have said 'I've done this and I've done that, it really improved the community, and I didn't even get a thank-you,' " he said. "I would say the businesses are noticed, but they're unrecognized. This will give these businesses and people a chance to get some recognition for what they've done."