Next time, you drive through Emory Village at night, it will be hard to miss the sign marking the entrance to the village and its signature gathering place.
The sign at the entrance to Emory Village is now visible at night, thanks to the efforts of two members of the board of the Emory Village Alliance.
At the suggestion of maintenance committee chair Bill Gryboski, the EVA financed the new lighting including hiring an electrician to bring power to the plaza for the low-voltage lighting. Former EVA president Todd Hill purchased the lights and installed the fixtures that now illuminate the sign.
The sign lighting is part of an ongoing effort by the EVA to continue upgrading Emory Village and increase its visibility. In the spirit of maximizing the community’s investment in the village, Hill and Griboski have been working with electricians and plumbers to get pumps working for the fountain, electrical boxes moved, and more lighting installed.
The sign was erected in 2012 as part of the creation of the Emory Village Plaza across from the roundabout. The plaza has since become the welcoming centerpiece and gathering place in the village.
With funding provided by the Emory Village Alliance, an Emory grounds crew have pulled out weeds, tilled and amended the soil, and replanted many of the islands in the village.
The liriope, originally planted when the roundabout and islands were created in 2012, had in recent years become sparse and the beds full of weeds, says Jimmy Powell, director of Emory Exterior Services and a member of the EVA Advisory Board.
His crews replanted eight beds with Asiatic jasmine and hypericum, both of which will eventually fill in the beds to provide a solid ground cover. “It’s a difficult site to work because this intersection is heavily trafficked,” he noted, “but this is the best time of year to plant.”
The members of the Emory crew helping beautify the Village are, from left, Mike Purdom, Powell, Tim Corley, Sergio Sosa, and Thad Matthews.