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Mission Statement

A City is made up of many parts, all working together to improve the lives of its citizens. The protection of Police and Fire Departments, the comfort ensured by Public Works, the diversions of Recreation and Parks...the prosperity of any City relies on the well-being of its citizens. We now know, after years of study, that beautiful surroundings are essential to the nurture of that well-being.

When it comes to Statesville, a City with its heels in the past and its eyes on the future, a delicate balance must be maintained between the frantic pace of modern constructiion and the historic beauty of the old City. The Statesville Community Appearance Commission is appointed by the Mayor and charged to "Initiate, promote and assist in the implementation of programs of general community beautification in the city."

To see the full scope of the commission's Powers and Duties (as defined by City Code) click here.

Who are we?

Current Members of the Statesville Community Appearance Commission are:

Anne Rhyne, Chair
Ellie McMillian
Tammy McElfresh
Ann Speaks
Craig Romeo
Debbie Workman
Arna Deter
Sherry Harris
City Council Liaison: Keith Williams
City Staff Liaison: Lynn Miller

How do we operate?
The Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Statesville Fitness & Activity Center in the Administrative Conference Room at 11:45 am. These meetings are open to the public and all records of each meeting are available for Public Review. These records include member attendance, Commission findings, recommendations and actions.

Mayor's Cup

The Mayor's Cup is given annually to the owner of the location which has most improved the appearance of the City of Statesville in the past year. For more information about nominating someone for this award, please contact us at 704.878.3429.

Community Appearance Award

Community Appearance Awards are given quarterly to individuals and businesses whose properties enhance the beauty of our City. You may nominate any property for consideration for a Community Appearance Award, whether your own or someone else's. For a copy of the nomination form, with submission instructions included please click here.

If you would like to see the latest Community Appearance Award Winners please click here.

Statesville Garden and Outdoor Room Tour

Every other year the Community Appearance Commission hosts the Statesville Garden and Outdoor Room Tour. The public has the opportunity to tour some of the most pristine gardens in Statesville.

Memorial - Honor Tree Program - Trees of Distinction

Residents are encouraged to give a tree in honor or memory of a loved one. Email Lynn Miller for more information.

Click here to see a list of past donations.


If you have any suggestions, questions, or award nominations you can email us at or