Re­think Rock­mart back out clean­ing the streets

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - In June Vol­un­teers took part in a cleanup in Rock­mart for the Re­think Rock­mart cam­paign to clean up neigh­bor­hoods. They were back out help­ing again over the week­end. SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

Re­think Rock­mart hit the streets once again for a suc­cess­ful cleanup day that spanned more neigh­bor­hoods and more bags of trash than July’s neigh­bor­hood clean­ing ses­sion.

The group also saw an in­crease in at­ten­dance dur­ing the cleanup day with more teenagers and adults agree­ing to take up arms and bag lo­cal lit­ter.

Af­ter con­gre­gat­ing at the city com­plex’s gym, mem­bers were di­vided into groups and sent to tackle dif­fer­ent streets and neigh­bor­hoods around Rock­mart’s down­town.

Re­think Rock­mart found­ing mem­ber Sher­man Ross and com­pany took to Pearl Street and sur­round­ing ar­eas; Other groups dis­posed of trash dirty­ing the banks of Col­lege Street and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“Even­tu­ally, I’d like for home own­ers to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity upon them­selves,” Ross said. “It’s like the bro­ken win­dow the­ory. They kept break­ing win­dows in New York, and the city kept fix­ing them. Even­tu­ally the van­dals just got tired. I think it works the same way with lit­ter.”

The Re­think Rock­mart group came pre­pared with gloves, buck­ets, weed eaters, and picker-up­pers dur­ing the week­end ses­sion that were nec­es­sary for cleans­ing some of the trash that was on the side­walks and grass.

“I’ve picked up some bad stuff,” Ross joked. “Some­one here must re­ally like Corona Light,” Re­think mem­ber Deb­bie Ross joked.

Smashed beer bot­tles were just some of the garbage items that filled the group’s trash bags.

Also re­moved from the neigh­bor­hoods were non-de­cay­ing plas­tic, hun­dreds of cig­a­rette buds, sil­ver­ware, junk food wrap­pers, Sty­ro­foam, and at one point even a dead cat.

The items that be­come lit­ter in the first place are dis­heart­en­ing, but the re­moval of dan­ger­ous, ugly lit­ter that can be­come a health haz­ard is thanks to ded­i­cated lo­cal cit­i­zens.

Ap­prox­i­mately 10 trash bags were filled by the Ross group alone, and the filled bag­gage was tied up and left for the city to col­lect in 3 dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.

“I filled up two of the big, black bags and 2 of the white ones,” Deb­bie men­tioned.

With regis­tra­tion end­ing at 9 a.m., the group worked un­til ap­prox­i­mately 12 p.m. be­fore part­ing ways af­ter a job done well. The next community clean up date is yet un­de­cided, but Re­think Rock­mart is an ac­tive group that meets on the third Thurs­day of each month.

Re­think Rock­mart is a group con­cerned with restor­ing and main­tain­ing var­i­ous as­pects of the city whether it be aes­thet­ics, haz­ards, or rep­u­ta­tion.

The group of­ten works on hous­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, re­use projects, and re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts in the form of di­rectly tak­ing ac­tion and ed­u­cat­ing oth­ers.

Those in­ter­ested in join­ing the ef­forts of Re­think Rock­mart are urged to visit https:// www. facebook.com/re­thinkrock­mart/.

A web­site de­signed to help con­sumers find out in­for­ma­tion on the best lenders in the coun­try has placed Rock­mart in the Top 100 cities to start a small busi­ness in the state of Georgia.

Lend­edu.com’s blog — which in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on a va­ri­ety of credit and busi­ness- based is­sues — put Rock­mart in the 72nd spot on the list among the Top 100. That’s out of more than 600 cities out of the state.

Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Ta­maka Hud­son said the news was just an­other pos­i­tive sign that the lo­cal econ­omy is do­ing good, and primed for an even bet­ter per­for­mance.

“This is won­der­ful news for Polk County,” Hud­son said. “We are blessed to have a close-knit community that sup­ports one an­other. The cities, county and the Cham­ber all of­fer some form of as­sis­tance to small busi­ness. It takes all of us work­ing to­gether to build a busi­ness­friendly community.”

De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Polk County Chair David Wil­liams added that Rock­mart’s in­clu­sion on the list is just an­other feather in the cap for the city and county.

“We are ex­cited that Polk County and the City of Rock­mart have been rec­og­nized in this way. This con­firms what we have felt about our community for some time. We are all work­ing to­gether to make Polk County a place where busi­ness and in­dus­try can thrive,” Wil­liams said. “The City of Rock­mart puts a lot of ef­fort into pro­vid­ing a good busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and a pos­i­tive qual­ity of life for all of its cit­i­zens. Re­cent suc­cesses, such as the an­nounce­ment at Meg­gitt and the ad­di­tion of new com­mer­cial busi­nesses show that those ef­forts are pay­ing off. It is good to see this ad­di­tional con­fir­ma­tion.”

Sev­eral other cities in the area around Polk County also made the list. Those in­cluded Bre­men in the third, Tal­lapoosa in the 23rd spot from Har­al­son County, and Cartersville i n 70th place, and White in 83rd from Bar­tow County.

The blog ex­plained that their method­ol­ogy of mak­ing up the list com­piled data that is avail­able from On­board In­for­mat­ics, and took into ac­count the lat­est pop­u­la­tion rates, tax data and in­come pro­jec­tion fig­ures, among oth­ers. It weighed pop­u­la­tion as 20 per­cent of their over­all scor­ing, along with 40 per­cent for the in­come score and an ad­di­tional 40 per­cent on their scor­ing of ex­penses.

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