By David A. Farrell, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
POPLARVILLE — A citywide effort by city employees and residents to pick up trash, bag it and get rid of it was scheduled to continue today as city and civic officials pushed to make the city a more attractive place, said City Clerk Jodi Stuart. The campaign is called the “Keep Poplarville Beautiful Project.”
Poplarville work crews last Thursday picked up 38 bags of garbage and trash off city streets and highways, and city officials were encouraging residents to continue the effort this week and to get the school children involved, who are on Spring Break this week.
Said Stuart, “For those children who are on Spring Break this week, you can make it a family event to clean up your area and street by encouraging everyone to participate. Community service can stimulate our youth and give them a sense of accomplishment and ownership when they do something that brings value to the city.”
Stuart said that last Thursday nine bags were picked up from the Mississippi Highways 26 and 53 intersection out Miss. Hwy. 53 to Interstate 59, 14 bags from City Hall out Miss. Hwy. 26 to I-59, seven bags from Miss. Hwy. 26 west to the city limits from City Hall, and eight bags on Martin Luther King Drive, all of which was picked up by city work crews.
She said a lot of streets in Poplarville have not been covered and city officials have set today as a follow-up. Residents are urged to pick up on their street, or a section of their street near their home, said Stuart.
Although Thursday, March 28, has been designated a make-up day, Stuart said residents can chose any day to help. She said residents can actually sign up to clean up a street on a list compiled at City Hall so there will not be any duplication.
City Hall is located at 200 Highway 26, at the intersection of 26 and 53 across from Kangaroo Quick Stop. The phone number is 601-795-8161. “Glad Trash Bags has provided bags for the cleanup,” said Stuart, “and are available at City Hall.”
City officials extended the campaign because there was not much participation by Poplarville citizens on last Thursday.
Said Stuart, “We understand that your time is very valuable and do not expect you to participate in a day-long activity; just simply take 20 to 30 minutes of your day to pick up a single street or even a portion of a street. That is all it takes to make a difference.”
City officials also asked residents to take pictures of their collection and count the bags and report the information to City Hall so it can be forwarded as a “wrap-up report” to the Mississippi Department of Ttransportation.
City officials said the full trash bags can be delivered to the city barn on North Jackson Street next to the cemetery for disposal.