Community Clean Up in Buffalo


County looking to clean up all communities

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Jeff Lawson, Russell Vinson, and Scott Coffer are investigators with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and as such work with their fellow members of law enforcement to help clean up Union County of criminals and criminal activity. This past week, they and other members of the Sheriff’s Office and other county personnel helped out with another kind of clean up. They took part in the Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community. Community Clean Up is a county effort to clean up and beautify the various communities of Union County. Here they are picking up cigarette butts and trash along SC 215 in Buffalo. Coffer said that cigarette butt take 15 years to biodegrade.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Garbage collected along Drugstore Street in the Buffalo Community is dumped in a trailer to be hauled off for disposal Thursday morning. County personnel and equipment were deployed to Buffalo over a three-day period this week as part of the county’s Community Clean Up program. The program involves deploying county resources to a community at the request of the citizens of that community to clean it up. Buffalo is the first community to undergo the program and was selected because of the number of residents who called asking for the clean up.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This trailer full of trash of all kinds is only a small sample of the garbage collected during the three-day Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community this week. Community Clean Up is a county program in which county resources are deployed to clean up and beautify a community. Buffalo is the first community to undergo the program and was selected because of the number of residents who called asking for the clean up.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Supervisor Frank Hart weed eats around the edge of the Buffalo Mill Pond Friday morning as part of the Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community. Community Clean Up is the implementation of a promise Hart made when he ran for supervisor about working to clean up and beautify Union County. Community Clean Up involves the deployment of county resources to a community to clean it up. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of a large number of its residents.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Old tires were among the items of garbage collected during Community Clean Up in the Buffalo Community this week. The three-day event involved the deployment of county personnel and equipment to clean up the community. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of of a large number of its residents. The county is currently looking to hold the next Community Clean Up in another community in the near future.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Three dilapidated houses on South Street in the Buffalo Community owned by Union County were demolished this past week as part of Community Clean Up. Community Clean Up is a county effort to clean up the communities of Union County by deploying county resources to one community at a time. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of of a large number of its residents. The county is currently looking to hold the next Community Clean Up in another community in the near future.


BUFFALO — County officials, law enforcement personnel, volunteers, and others including inmates from the county jail took part this week in a three-day “Community Clean Up” of the Buffalo Community.

The clean up, which began Wednesday, is the first of what county officials hope will become an ongoing series of efforts to clean up all the communities of Union County.

Union County Code Enforcement Director David Kitchens said that the Community Clean Up effort involves bringing all the county resources into a community at the request of the people of that community to clean it up on an annual basis.

“We’ve organized the county’s resources to come in and clean up the community,” Kitchens said. “We’re going into each community at least once a year.”

Those county resources include personnel and equipment from the Public Works Department, Recreation Department, Sheriff’s Office, Code Enforcement Department, and even inmates from the Union County Jail. Those resources were deployed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the Buffalo Mill Village and in the Lukesville Community with even elected officials taking part in the clean up effort.

One of those elected officials was Union County Supervisor Frank Hart whose acting in the clean up included weed eating around the Buffalo Mill Pond Friday morning. Hart said that the Community Clean Up program is the implementation of a promise he made when running for supervisor.

“One of the things I said when I ran for office was we’re going to work on cleaning up Union County,” Hart said. “This is the first of a Community Clean Up effort we’ll do on an annual basis. We’ll help people clean up their community and pride in them.”

While county officials, personnel, and equipment have been at the core of the clean up effort in Buffalo, Hart said there have also been a number of volunteers, many of them from the local churches, involved as well. Kitchens also said that there have also been a number of volunteers helping out over the three days of the clean up in Buffalo by picking up trash and then leaving out bags of it to be collected by the county personnel. He said that some of the volunteers even hooked up trailers to their vehicle to help collect trash.

Hart and Kitchens said that the clean up effort includes picking up trash along the roads, clearing away brush and undergrowth, and even demolishing dilapidated buildings. Kitchens said that the clean up effort in Buffalo had included the demolition of three dilapidated houses on South Street owned by the county.

Kitchens said that it has not been determined which community will be the next one to undergo the Community Clean Up program. He said it will depend on the amount of interest by the residents in the various communities in the county, pointing out that Buffalo was chosen to be the first because of the number of citizens who had contacted the county asking that their community be cleaned up.

Hart said that he feels the clean up in Buffalo is “a good start” to the program he hopes will continue into the future with each of the county’s communities undergoing annual clean ups. He said that while it will take time to achieve the goal of community by community countywide clean up and beautification, he’s confident that “over time we’ll get to where we want to be.”

Community Clean Up’s Facebook page is called “Lets Make Union SC Beautiful”and includes photos of the clean up efforts.

For more information about Community Clean Up and/or to ask that your community be the next to undergo Community Clean Up call 864-466-4705 or 864-466-4718.

In addition, persons who have information about littering, may report it anonymously by calling either number or leaving a private message on the Community Clean Up Facebook page.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Jeff Lawson, Russell Vinson, and Scott Coffer are investigators with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and as such work with their fellow members of law enforcement to help clean up Union County of criminals and criminal activity. This past week, they and other members of the Sheriff’s Office and other county personnel helped out with another kind of clean up. They took part in the Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community. Community Clean Up is a county effort to clean up and beautify the various communities of Union County. Here they are picking up cigarette butts and trash along SC 215 in Buffalo. Coffer said that cigarette butt take 15 years to biodegrade.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0007CleanUp.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Jeff Lawson, Russell Vinson, and Scott Coffer are investigators with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and as such work with their fellow members of law enforcement to help clean up Union County of criminals and criminal activity. This past week, they and other members of the Sheriff’s Office and other county personnel helped out with another kind of clean up. They took part in the Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community. Community Clean Up is a county effort to clean up and beautify the various communities of Union County. Here they are picking up cigarette butts and trash along SC 215 in Buffalo. Coffer said that cigarette butt take 15 years to biodegrade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Garbage collected along Drugstore Street in the Buffalo Community is dumped in a trailer to be hauled off for disposal Thursday morning. County personnel and equipment were deployed to Buffalo over a three-day period this week as part of the county’s Community Clean Up program. The program involves deploying county resources to a community at the request of the citizens of that community to clean it up. Buffalo is the first community to undergo the program and was selected because of the number of residents who called asking for the clean up.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0009CleanUp.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Garbage collected along Drugstore Street in the Buffalo Community is dumped in a trailer to be hauled off for disposal Thursday morning. County personnel and equipment were deployed to Buffalo over a three-day period this week as part of the county’s Community Clean Up program. The program involves deploying county resources to a community at the request of the citizens of that community to clean it up. Buffalo is the first community to undergo the program and was selected because of the number of residents who called asking for the clean up.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This trailer full of trash of all kinds is only a small sample of the garbage collected during the three-day Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community this week. Community Clean Up is a county program in which county resources are deployed to clean up and beautify a community. Buffalo is the first community to undergo the program and was selected because of the number of residents who called asking for the clean up.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0007CleanUpA.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This trailer full of trash of all kinds is only a small sample of the garbage collected during the three-day Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community this week. Community Clean Up is a county program in which county resources are deployed to clean up and beautify a community. Buffalo is the first community to undergo the program and was selected because of the number of residents who called asking for the clean up.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Supervisor Frank Hart weed eats around the edge of the Buffalo Mill Pond Friday morning as part of the Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community. Community Clean Up is the implementation of a promise Hart made when he ran for supervisor about working to clean up and beautify Union County. Community Clean Up involves the deployment of county resources to a community to clean it up. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of a large number of its residents.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0005CleanUp.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union County Supervisor Frank Hart weed eats around the edge of the Buffalo Mill Pond Friday morning as part of the Community Clean Up of the Buffalo Community. Community Clean Up is the implementation of a promise Hart made when he ran for supervisor about working to clean up and beautify Union County. Community Clean Up involves the deployment of county resources to a community to clean it up. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of a large number of its residents.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Old tires were among the items of garbage collected during Community Clean Up in the Buffalo Community this week. The three-day event involved the deployment of county personnel and equipment to clean up the community. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of of a large number of its residents. The county is currently looking to hold the next Community Clean Up in another community in the near future.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0008CleanUp.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Old tires were among the items of garbage collected during Community Clean Up in the Buffalo Community this week. The three-day event involved the deployment of county personnel and equipment to clean up the community. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of of a large number of its residents. The county is currently looking to hold the next Community Clean Up in another community in the near future.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Three dilapidated houses on South Street in the Buffalo Community owned by Union County were demolished this past week as part of Community Clean Up. Community Clean Up is a county effort to clean up the communities of Union County by deploying county resources to one community at a time. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of of a large number of its residents. The county is currently looking to hold the next Community Clean Up in another community in the near future.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0009CleanUpA.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Three dilapidated houses on South Street in the Buffalo Community owned by Union County were demolished this past week as part of Community Clean Up. Community Clean Up is a county effort to clean up the communities of Union County by deploying county resources to one community at a time. Buffalo is the first community to undergo Community Clean Up and was selected based on the requests of of a large number of its residents. The county is currently looking to hold the next Community Clean Up in another community in the near future.
County looking to clean up all communities

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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