Organizers prepping for countywide cleanup effort

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Enthusiasm is building around the county for the upcoming Pearl River County Cleanup Day scheduled for Saturday, March 30.

That was the consensus of several representatives of local clubs and organizations who met Tuesday as they continued preparing to play a major part in helping this inaugural co-event by the city of Picayune and Pearl River County.

Volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at Crosby Commons where plans are to have maps, information, tools and safety gear available.

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Keep Picayune Beautiful Executive Director Christy Goss said Mississippi Power has printed up flyers for distribution throughout the city and county.

“It has been posted on the Keep Picayune Beautiful Facebook page. I think it’s on the Chamber of Commerce’s page. And, Main Street has posted it,” Goss said. “The word is getting out there.”

She noted the date is fast approaching and it is becoming even more important to spread the word to get as many individuals, schools and civic clubs involved.

Board of Supervisors President Sandy Kane Smith said he was encouraged by the response he has been hearing to the event.

“All of our maintenance staff are going to be out that day,” Smith said. “A lot of our county employees have really stepped up this year wanting to help out. I am real excited about that.”

He said information would be also posted on the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors Facebook page.

Smith emphasized his focus on keeping the volunteers safe.

“It’s a little different within the city, but on those county roads our county workers almost get hit all of the time,” he said.

Smith said county constables have volunteered their services and he is having discussions with Sheriff David Allison on how his department can be of assistance.

Goss also announced Keep Picayune Beautiful has now been awarded the President’s Circle from the national organization, Keep America Beautiful.

According to the KAB website, the designation is given for an affiliate who has exceeded annual “good standing” requirements.

Goss said Keep Picayune Beautiful now has 100 new, heavy-duty cigarette receptacles available for free for any public or business entity upon request. 

For more information, Goss can be contacted at 601-798-9079.