Holts Summit Vamps Up Their Ramps

9 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Monday, March 14 2011 Mar 14, 2011 Monday, March 14, 2011 12:07:00 PM CDT March 14, 2011 in Coverage From Callaway
By: Megan Murphy

CALLAWAY - When you're driving down Highway 54, Holts Summit residents want you to stop off for a visit. They joke their slogan is "ramp it up," but that's what they're doing and where they're doing it.

Denise Oxley, mother of three and expert gardener, came up with an idea for the 54 ramp beautification project.

"Holts Summit is a very generous community and a lot of really nice people and I wanted to find a way to give back and help our local businesses, and I thought by beautifying the ramps, I could do that," Oxley said.

Oxley said her yard is kind of full so she had to find somewhere else to go. So, she set her sights on the entrance and exit ramps of Highway 54.

Each ramp costs $1600 and will display a "growing together" sign with the donors' names. Brenda Leydens works for Mid-America Bank, which is sponsoring an entire ramp.

"It's just such a beautiful scenery and everybody in the community likes to look at something that's beautiful," Leydens said. "it will hopefully help the businesses and it might help people moving into Holt Summit because when people see a ramp that's just beautiful."

Leyden said it was a safe feeling, kind of like a home type feeling.

Another bank in town sponsoring a ramp is Central Bank. Darrell Mantle, Central Bank president said it will enhance customer's lives.

"Anything that enhances our customer's lives and the beautification process was an excellent way for Central Bank to sponsor and reach out to our customers," Mantle said.

The Holts Summit Community Betterment Association has followed suit. President Pam Murray said this does exactly what the association strives to do, better the community.

"It's got economic development benefits because we got so much lake area traffic through here during the summer," Murray said. "I think people are more inclined to [stop] if they see an exit that's attractive, and it just makes people feel good."

Murray said the plan is for 12 purple plum trees, white oak, a variety of shrubs and maiden grass.

Corporate and private donors have funded five ramps, and there are still three left. The group plans to begin landscaping mid-April.


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