This year, 39 groups across Oklahoma were chosen to participate in Fresh Paint Days. Historic Shawnee Alliance (HSA) –– last year's runner-up –– is competing again –– and needs your vote, HSA President Linda Agee said.

This year, 39 groups across Oklahoma were chosen to participate in Fresh Paint Days. Historic Shawnee Alliance (HSA) –– last year's runner-up –– is competing again –– and needs your vote, HSA President Linda Agee said.

“We have chosen the building at 701 E. Main in downtown Shawnee as our project,” Agee said. “We chose this building because it is located downtown and we believe we can make a substantial difference in its appearance with paint.”

The building sat vacant for many years, Agee said.

She said the owner, Ricky Lloyd, has cleaned up the area around the building and plans to make a substantial investment in renovations.

“The Lloyds cleaned out the brush and weeds growing around the building and made some major repairs, but it was still badly in need of paint,” she said. “So, the HSA seized this opportunity to make another positive difference in the community.”

The building turned out to be a much larger project than the HSA had originally estimated, she said. “Because of the badly peeling paint, the entire building had to be pressure-washed,” Agee said. “Other than manpower and time, the biggest problem with that was water pressure with only one faucet.” Fortunately, one of our community partners, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, stepped up, Agee said. They donated the use of two commercial pressure washers, water tanks, a hydraulic lift and labor, she said.

“Not only did their employees spend two days pressure washing the building, they sent another crew out a few days later to spray paint the building surface,” she said. “This project would not have been possible without their contribution.”

The HSA also had several volunteers from Finley & Cook and the OBU Athletic Department who spent several days taping plastic sheeting over the windows and painting the trim and stem wall, Agee said.

“Painting this building will supplement their efforts and hopefully motivate others to follow suit,” she said.

The building was built in the 1930s by Haney Oil Distribution Company and operated as a DX gas station until 1976, she said.

“Lloyd plans to open it as a hot rod shop after completing repairs,” Agee said. “He has been restoring hot rods for many years and some of his work has been featured in hot rod magazines.”

The revitalization of this building will match the efforts already being made along Main Street Shawnee.

Once this paint project is complete, Lloyd has plans to use one of the freshly painted outside walls to show vintage movies, a KOB press release states.

The groups had 30 days to complete their projects using donated paint from H-I-S Coatings of Oklahoma City and a stipend from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

Finalists will be chosen based on their before-and-after photos. To view entries, Agee said a link to the voting web site will be posted on by Oct. 9. Voting begins online Monday through Friday and people can vote once every 24 hours.

The three projects with the most votes will go on to compete for an award and winners will be announced at KOB's annual conference Nov. 17.

Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I-S Coatings and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB). The KOB program is designed to encourage volunteers to seek out community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources.

KOB, with the help of sponsors, provides the paint and a stipend for supplies; selected communities supply the volunteers and elbow grease. This program has helped to revitalize communities across Oklahoma with a fresh coat of paint.

Last year

Last year HSA and about 40 volunteers worked to dress up a building at 114 W. Main St.

“We competed with 13 other projects,” Agee said.

The top three projects with the most votes were finalists from which KOB selected a winner and a runner-up. The winner –– the Twin Cities revitalization project in Hartshorne –– received a cash award of $1,000 and Shawnee’s task force –– the runner-up –– received $250.

The Chamber’s downtown task force also was one of four statewide participants of Fresh Paint Days selected to receive a power washer of their own from project sponsor CL Boyd –– other winners were Anadarko Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Duncan and Okeene Historic Preservation Group, according to

The task force was one of 41 groups in 30 counties competing in 2015. Finalists were chosen based on their before-and-after photos.

Fresh Paint Days

Natalie Evans, the projects coordinator for KOB, works with potential participants throughout the application process.

“It is so encouraging to see the many individuals across the state who have a heart for bettering their communities,” Evans said. “These participants truly exemplify the spirit of Oklahoma, which was founded on hard work and a positive community outlook. Fresh Paint Days is a wonderful opportunity for these communities to work together to better their environment.”

Joe Cox, the CEO and president of H-I-S Coatings has been helping to make Fresh Paint Days a reality for more than a decade.

“We have proudly partnered with KOB for 11 years, providing roughly 11,000 gallons of paint to help communities in Oklahoma fill budget gaps,” Cox said. “It’s been an honor to help the small communities in Oklahoma over the years.”

KOB is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.

“Fresh Paint Days has a great impact on preserving the character of Oklahoma communities. It’s great to see communities come together and join resources to restore community structures and community pride. PSO is proud to support their efforts,” said John Harper, Vice President External Affairs, PSO.

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You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.