Akram & Chris Burris, Bob & Donna Backes and Professional Engineering Consultants are the August recipients of the Pittsburg Beautiful recognition. Pittsburg Beautiful takes pride in recognizing member of our community who take ownership in their homes & businesses.

Akram & Chris Burris have lived at 502 W. 7th for about three years. They spend about five hours a week maintaining their property. The Burris’s "like being creative and have been able to use this creativity to put together a fun and visually appealing yard & garden." Maintaining their property gives the residence a sense of pride in their community. The Burris’s stated they were shocked by this unexpected recognition and will continue working hard to restore their historic home to it former beauty.

Bob & Donna Backes purchased their property at 702 Thomas Street in August of 1980. They also spend 5 to 6 hours a week in their yard. The Backes’s "admire properties that are properly maintained and encourage neighbors to maintain their property." They said they "preach" by example. They recognize the importance to the City of Pittsburg for caring for their property. "We all sell the City of Pittsburg to potential businesses, potential new hirers, etc., an attractive city also can "hold on" to good citizens and good families."

Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) is located at 104 S. Pine Street. With the collaboration of Andrew Lance, Isaac Krumme and MJ Landscaping PEC has a new look. PEC takes "pride in the community and is happy for the opportunity to help improve the appearance of our community. A nice property provides a pleasant atmosphere for our employees and clients. It also helps display a sense of professionalism, which we provide in our business and for our customers. An attractive community helps improve the general quality of life of its patrons."

We congratulate our recipients and encourage all citizens to help keep Pittsburg Beautiful. Please help us recognize others in our community who go the extra mile. Send your nominations to Pittsburg Beautiful at P.O. Box 1342, Pittsburg Kansas 66762. Please include the property owner’s name along with address.