Friday, April 24, 2015
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - Officials from the Louisiana Garden Club Federation (LGCF) announced the cities of Reserve, Garyville and Wallace placed in the state competition for the 2015 Cleanest City Contest (CCC). This was the parish’s first time participating in the contest.
Reserve placed second in District G, populations of 9500-14,499, Garyville placed fourth in District E, populations of 2,500 to 4,499, and Wallace placed third in District B, populations of 500 to 999.
This is the 57th year that the Louisiana Garden Club Federation has held the contest, which encourages Louisiana communities to become more proactive against litter, raises public awareness about the need to have a clean community and encourages city governments, businesses, organizations and private citizens to work toward this objective. During the competition, judges toured parts of St. John the Baptist Parish to assess the cleanliness of residential yards, businesses, streets and sidewalks, parks, schools, cemeteries, churches and other buildings. Reserve, Garyville and Wallace qualified for the statewide competition by winning the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s local district competition.
Parish President Natalie Robottom applauded the award announcement, noting that a clean city is essential to the well-being of the community. President Robottom said members of the Administration, Economic Development Department, Department of Public Works, and residents involved in managing and implementing clean-up efforts deserve credit for St. John’s success in the contest. “I'm extremely proud of our Cleanest City titles and grateful to all who worked so hard to achieve this designation," said President Robottom. "Our citizens want a clean, safe place to live and raise their families and instill pride in our community,” she added.
To continue beautification efforts, St. John Parish will hold its annual Spring Clean Sweep on Saturday, May 9 from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon at Hwy 51 Park in LaPlace. This year's event will consist of a parish-wide clean-up, a celebration of volunteerism, and a park dedication to former District Attorney and Keep St. John Beautiful Leader, Thomas F. Daley. Interested participants are asked to register online at sjbparish.com or by calling Dana Milioto at 985-652-9569.
Additionally, a mailer including common code violations was sent to all homes and businesses for informational purposes. The intent is to have property owners take responsibility for the upkeep of their property to prevent violations and the use of taxpayer dollars to address privately owned property.