Countywide cleanup scheduled for March 3

Published 7:00 am Saturday, February 10, 2018

Two Pearl River County residents along with the Board of Supervisors will organize a countywide cleanup to be held March 3.

Irvin Templet and Chris Arthur were concerned about the litter problems in the county when they decided to approach the Board seeking their help.

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A community meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library to get more ideas and people involved for the cleanup.

Board President, Sandy Kane Smith said the goal is to keep the county clean in order to attract more businesses and also change the mindset of people who dump trash on the roads.

“We need to take pride in ourselves in trying to keep our county clean,” Smith said.

Smith said after Christmas he’s noticed a few areas in the county that are littered and said it’s an ongoing battle that needs to be resolved.

“While driving through the county I came across a 16 foot boat made of fiber glass left stranded at McNeill Steephollow Road and such things not only make your eyes sore but are also increasingly hazardous,” Smith said.

Templet said Tuesday’s meeting will help the group devise a game plan concerning the areas that need the most attention. It will also help the group determine how many people can participate in the cleanup in March.

Smith and Templet said they want the youth to be involved to change their outlook on litter.

“The plan is to see the possibility of having a scholarship fund for seniors who participate in such campaigns, not only now but throughout the year,” Templet said.

Templet started a Facebook page called Pearl River County Pride that will notify residents and county officials of cleanup projects and identify litter prone areas.