Contest encourages, rewards upgrades to properties

Staff Report

POINT PLEASANT — In an effort to help make Point Pleasant shine again, the City of Point Pleasant, with the support of Hogg & Zuspan and Thomas Do-It Center, are holding a competition to encourage both homeowners and renters across town to spruce up and improve their home’s exterior and yard.

This will be open only to residents within Point Pleasant city limits. To eliminate any bias, a panel of three out-of-town judges will determine the winner at the end of the established time frame. In addition to Point Pleasant City Council’s approval to add $300 to winnings, Hogg & Zuspan of Point Pleasant has given $100 and Thomas Do-It Center of Point Pleasant had added a $100 gift card. This brings the total winnings to $500 for the winning resident.

For residents to enter, they can email their name, address, and phone number with 6 “before” photos of their home to [email protected] They can also turn in a form along with six “before” photos at the city building. Entries must be received by 4 p.m. July 1 to considered for the contest. These forms can be picked up from the city building or downloaded from the city’s official website found at

A deadline has been set for 4 p.m., Aug. 25 for contestants to submit 6 “after” photos to show the improvements made. These submissions can be made the same way as the original entries.

Judging will take place there after and the winner will be announced during the Tribute to the River festival on Sept. 1.

According to a statement from contest organizers, several of whom are on city council, “As members of council try to address the city’s dilapidated properties, they have learned that community engagement is key to the improvement of the city. By holding this competition, they hope to prove that they are just as invested in improving homes as they are ridding of the structures that are beyond repair. This is a to get residents more involved in the process, but offers a bit of a perk.”

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