Beautification Council

The Beautification Council was established in 1987 in response to a group’s concern for the maintenance and aesthetics within the City of Ashland. Their purpose is to act on behalf of the City in planning and implementing activities and improvements that will enhance and maintain the appearance of the City of Ashland. Their work is obvious as one travels through town, and the rewards of their hard work is much appreciated by citizens and passers-by alike.

Recent Improvements

More recent improvements by this Council are the Gale Otis Park located amongst the downtown businesses, the median of Ellis Avenue/Highway 13 by adding low-maintenance perennial gardens, and a beautiful border of color along Lakeshore Drive/Highway 2 entering Ashland from the West.

About the Members

The Council consists of twelve members who each serve a three-year term, chosen by the Chair or the Mayor. Although they receive numerous generous donations, the Council works with a budget, and reports to the Common Council of their progress and expenditures. They meet regularly on the first Monday of the month.

Join Us

If you would like to be a part of this extraordinary group by lending your green thumb, return a completed Offer to Volunteer form (PDF) to the Mayor at City Hall, or call the City Clerk’s office at 715-682-7071 for more information.

Want to Learn More?

Visit the full Ashland Beautification Council Website

Members & Term Expiration

Name Position Term Expiration
Mary Zinnecker Chair February 15, 2025
Susan Askue   February 15, 2026
Jeanne Spruell   February 15, 2026
Shawna Johnson   February 15, 2026
Christine Oreskovich   February 15, 2026
Beth Allison-Strauss   February 15, 2024
Elaine Peterson   February 15, 2024
Kay Saari   February 15, 2025
David Askue   February 15, 2025
Linda Opperman   February 15, 2026