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Will the ’Ville become ‘Cleanest City’ again?

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CONTEST WINNERS – “Cleanest City” Slogan and poster contest winners received awards for their entries. Paige Broussard (left) was the first place winner in both categories. Her winning slogan is “Getting Clean in 2016.” (Karl Jeter)

Karl Jeter

ith judging for the “District’s Cleanest City” just around the corner, St. Martinville schools and civic groups are asking residents to help by sprucing up their properties.
At the City Council meeting on Monday, March 7, preparations for the March 23 visit by contest judges was a major theme. St. Martinville was the winner for 2015.
Winning student entries in the contest for “Cleanest City” posters and slogans were awarded. Among many clever entries, Parks Middle School student Paige Broussard took home top honors in both categories. Paige’s slogan, “Getting Clean in 2016” will be the official slogan for the year and her poster makes that statement in big colorful letters.
On the subject of a cleaner city, resident Larry Roy addressed the council to promote his plan to improve the litter problem in town. Roy calls his plan the “20 pick up challenge,” and Project Front Yard encourages the effort.
The challenge is for residents to spend just 20 minutes per week picking up trash near their homes. As much as organized trash pick-up efforts have helped in the past, they are only a temporary solution to a serious problem. There are too many people who throw litter in our area and one-time efforts don’t last.
Roy suggests the following:
1. Pick a spot that actually needs cleaning.
2. Pick a spot close to home.
3. Put in a full 20 minutes collecting trash.
4. Enlist two more people to do the same.
Roy and Project Front Yard hope that when the roadsides are kept cleaner, residents will be less likely to spoil a good thing by throwing more trash. It will help St. Martinville win “Cleanest City” again, but more importantly, it will show a greater level of pride in the city all year round.
In other business, School Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe and school board financial committee chairman Burton Dupuis spoke in favor of two important bond issue proposals. The expiring 1996 bonds need to be renewed and the issues will be up for a vote on April 9. Beebe stressed that neither action will increase costs to taxpayers and are essential for sustaining the progress of parish schools.
Also, ordinances were tabled for later action to finalize festival permitting and food truck licensing in the parish.

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