City of Independence, Missouri

City Beautification Commission

Adopt a Spot

  • Adopt a Spot: Any islands, median, business frontage or any other neglected areas of City streets for litter control. Remove signs illegally placed in street right-of-way.

  • Contact Charlotte Olejko, Independence Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Horticulturalist, at 816-797-8711 for further information.

Past Winners


This Commission is to advise the City Council and assist City staff with public information and education for maintaining a healthy, safe and attractive City. The Commission is responsible for: 1) Public awareness and information strategy regarding community beautification issues and practices; 2) incentive and public recognition programs promoting neighborhood and individual property improvement and beautification; 3) developing written educational materials on community beautification topics and informational programs for specific audiences; and, 4) coordinating city-sponsored beautification efforts with other community groups and local businesses.

Membership Information

This Commission shall consist of seven members who shall serve without compensation. Members shall be appointed by the City Council and shall be appointed for four year overlapping terms after the initial appointment of two for two years and two for three years and three serving for four years. The Commission will designate one of their members as Chairman. Members are not restricted from serving on other boards. Missing three consecutive regularly scheduled meetings represents a resignation. Four (4) members constitute a quorum. Eric Urfer, Parks|Recreation|Tourism Director, works with this Commission. Meetings are held 2nd Wednesdays.


NameTitleCategoryExpiration Date
Allinder, Barbara6/15/2021
Bradley, CherylChairperson6/15/2018
Dierking, Marilyn6/15/2019
Powell, Debra6/15/2019
Smith, Gloria6/15/2018
Vacant due to resignation6/15/2019
Vacant due to resignation6/15/2017

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