The Clay County Board of Supervisors is taking a stance against litter and uncleanliness in the county and is pitching in to help with the Community-Wide Clean Up that is set for April 30.
Each of the five supervisors held meetings this week and last week in their districts where community residents who wanted to help came and discussed clean up plans that will be initiated that Saturday morning.
In the supervisors' last board meeting, District 2 supervisor Luke Lummus said tidying up the county is just as important as making sure areas within the city limits are clean and attractive not only to residents, but tourists and industry leaders who visit.
“It may be an old abandoned house that's an eye sore that some people might want to target or anything,” Lummus said. “We're just letting the people decide on what they'd like to do, whether it's a single project like cleaning up part of a road or a group project where they team up to tackle different areas out in the county.”
Lummus said the city and county tries to clean up the community really good before visitors come each year for the Prairie Arts Festival, but the West Point Clean Up Committee, which Lummus serves on, is hoping to have multiple clean up days a year so that residents can be reminded of the benefits of having a tidy town.
District 3 supervisor R.B. Davis said volunteers in District 3 will meet at 8:30 a.m. and begin picking up trash at illegal dump sites and pick up portions of District 3 roads that are heavily littered. Different groups that are designated will work for about an hour each clearing away trash, then at noon, volunteers will head back to the Siloam Voting Precinct where refreshments will be served.
“We just want to show that we're concerned about the appearance of Clay County, and the more people are involved in the beatification efforts, the better the outcome for the city and county will be,” Davis said. “We want to go out there and take care of our roads, but we also want to make this a fun day for the community.”
Other supervisors will also be providing refreshments after the Clean Up at the different district voting precincts. Garbage bags and safety vest will be provided. Anyone interested in helping in the county clean up can contact their supervisor.
Lummus said he is appreciative of Martha Allen, community development director for the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance, who is spearheading the Clean Up day, making people aware of the project and working to get volunteers involved and excited about it.
“We know that through this event, we will be able to make our community appear more presentable for economic development, clean and beautiful for visitors coming into town and more attractive in general for those of us who call this great place home,” Allen said.
West Point selectmen are also planning to give a hand during the Community-Wide Clean Up to show that community beatification is important and everyone should take pride in where they live.
The Clean Up will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 12 p.m. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to come out that day, get involved and help the city and county look its best. Any organization or individual can sign up by stopping by or calling the Growth Alliance at 662-494-5121.