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 can be reached at 864-762-4090.