BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — The city of Blakely has started a beautification process that involves volunteers.
After receiving several calls regarding trash on the side of the road and sewage drains being clogged due to trash, the beautification group was formed.
“We have volunteers, we’ve had Andrews Serve, we’ve had many volunteers from across our community,” said Blakely, Early County Chamber President Celia Bostwick. “The city, when we went to them and talked to them, our mayor and our city council, they were most gracious and very supportive.”
Bostwick said city leaders hope to add signage about littering and more trashcans around the city.
“We’ll put up signage that says we will start enforcing fines on littering, and our law enforcement will be involved in that, too,” Bostwick said.
Mayor Travis Wimbush believes the city’s resources are a great component to the effort.
“Myself and the council we try to volunteer and assist with the cleanup efforts as well as to bring about additional use of all resources to incorporate to make the process easier,” Mayor Wimbush said.
Aside from encouraging people to volunteer to pick up trash, the group will also visit second and third graders on why it’s not okay to litter.
“Not only for the beautification but for the whole process of littering not breaking down,” volunteer Kimberly Fleming said. “Then being proud, being proud of Blakely itself so people would want to be here.”