City preparing for Clean City Contest

The City of Ville Platte, Mayor Bill Jeanmard and the Magnolia Garden Club will sponsor the Cleanest City Contest Tuesday, March 31.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Keep Ville Platte Clean and Green.” Judges will be making several stops that day, with Ville Platte being the first one at 9 a.m. Magnolia Garden Club President Joyce Coreil urges everyone in the community to assist them with this project and be prepared by sprucing up the yards around their homes, schools and businesses.

Coreil says the judges have specific criteria they will be looking for and gives the following tips:

•Special attention is given to the landscaping and overall clean, litter-free appearance.

•Approaches to the city are carefully observed. Weeds around poles, signs and roadside ditches subtract points from the city’s score. No weeds should be growing in broken cracks of sidewalks, street curbs or along any roadway.

•No weeds or tall grass should be growing along school fences. Students could be given the task of keeping the grounds litter-free. This will help instill pride in the cleanliness of their school.

•Vacant lots should be mowed at least 10 feet from the street or highway if the whole lot can’t be mowed. Vacant lots also should be litter-free.

•Abandoned cars are one of the worst litter problems. A good anti-litter project is to rid the city of such objects.

She adds judges often like to detour from the judging route and asks those not along the designated route to also be prepared and have their yards groomed. Coreil also notes the day of the contest is trash collection day and asks everyone to try to put away their trash cans as soon as possible before the judging begins that morning.

The City of Ville Platte, the mayor and the members of the Magnolia Garden Club greatly appreciate the community’s assistance with this important project. Let’s keep Ville Platte clean and green!

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