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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Meeting spurs largest citywide clean-up campaign

  • Tuesday night's city council set into motion the largest citywide cleanup the community has ever seen. With buildings crumbling around us and grass growing to the tune of over 6-feet high, the negligence the city has incurred has reached pandemic levels of apathy and discontent. Following a lengthy debate over the disrepair...
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  • Tuesday night’s city council set into motion the largest citywide cleanup the community has ever seen.  With buildings crumbling around us and grass growing to the tune of over 6-feet high, the negligence the city has incurred has reached pandemic levels of apathy and discontent.  Following a lengthy debate over the disrepair of property in the city, councilman John Huff has teamed up with James Riley (ECOP) and the team has created the “Citywide Cleanup Campaign.”
    Just one week into the beautification initiative, grossly overgrown lots are becoming fewer and further between.  Though the community still has a ways to go, there is much progress on the clean up to report. 
    The ECOP program and Councilman John Huff, the coordinators of the “Citywide Cleanup Campaign” ask that anyone with a shovel, a lawn mower, a broom, and/or a pair of gloves and a love for the city contact them for more information on how citizens can help clean the city up. 
    At press time, The Helena World inspected the major corridors coming in and out of the city.  Lined up on the bypass were half a dozen bush hogs ready to groom the shoulders and median.  Lawns in West Helena were green and lush.  Downtown Helena made it even more difficult to find an abandoned lot to report on.  Though there are several lots that need attention downtown, one can clearly see the progress in less than a week after Huff told the city council that something must be done to “clean this mess up.”
    Those that join the initiative to clean up Helena-West Helena, The Helena World would like to see pictures of our community hard at work.  Snap a photo and send it to rkelley@helena-arkansas.com.  To become involved in the program, contact James Riley at 870-338-1599 or via email ecopcenter@gmail.com.

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