Keep the county clean

The Covington News - - OPINION -

There’s a great deal of ef­fort and plan­ning that goes on in the at­tempt to at­tract new busi­ness to our com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing that plan­ning process we com­pete with other com­mu­ni­ties by tout­ing our work­force, com­mu­nity vi­sion, schools, government and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. We also work con­stantly to im­prove our­selves in all of th­ese ar­eas.

How­ever, one area we didn’t men­tion, is the aes­thetic look of our com­mu­nity and how new busi­nesses feel when they drive through our com­mu­nity and see lit­ter that de­faces the en­trances to our city.

How do they feel when they see ugly sig­nage stuck up in ev­ery open nook and cranny that the city has to of­fer on some its busy thor­ough­fares? We dis­agree with the re­cent de­ci­sion by a ma­jor­ity of Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil mem­bers to sus­pend the strict en­force­ment of the city’s tem­po­rary sign por­tion of its sign or­di­nance.

How­ever, the trash that lines the streets is even more de­press­ing, as it’s the re­sult of un­car­ing ci­ti­zens who pass through with­out any sense of pride or com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity.

One good ex­am­ple of such dis­re­spect is In­ter­state 20’s exit 90. If you took that en­trance to the city of Cov­ing­ton re­cently, you would have seen trash and lit­ter as bad as some third world coun­tries. Just as were about to call at­ten­tion to this, crews were out and about Thurs­day clean­ing up the place. We’re thank­ful some­one else no­ticed and that the city cared enough to take care of the cleanup.

In March, the Keep Cov­ing­ton-New­ton Beau­ti­ful com­mit­tee holds the Great Amer­i­can Cleanup day. Many civic-minded ci­ti­zens and groups work to­gether on that day to help clean up tons of lit­ter and trash.

We would like to sug­gest that the same groups get to­gether for a win­ter New­ton County Clean Up, to make sure our com­mu­nity doesn’t get too filled up with lit­ter in the mean­time.

If you have an in­ter­est, e-mail KCNB at new­ton­clean@co.new­ton.ga.us or call (770) 784-2015; we’re sure they would be glad to hear from you. In ad­di­tion, groups can also adopt a mile of road to keep clean through­out the year. If you have any thoughts let us know at news@cov­news.com.

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