CARLISLE — The Carlisle Community Clean-Up was a success and the town’s mayor is asking its citizens to help keep the town clean and beautiful to help promote economic development.
The Carlisle Community Clean-Up was the third in a series of clean-ups of the communities of Union County which will be held each month. The first Community Clean-Up was held in Buffalo in November and the second in Lockhart in December. This month (January) it was Carlisle’s turn for a Community Clean-Up which was held Jan. 18 and 19.
As with the previous Clean-Ups, the Carlisle Community Clean-Up involved Union County personnel and elected officials working together with local volunteers to clean-up the community. The county provided the volunteers who took part in the clean-up with safety vests, gloves, garbage bags, and refreshments.
In addition to the volunteers who helped in the clean-up, residents were encouraged to put their household and other garbage out in front of their homes to be collected. The local recycling convenience center was also open both days during the clean-up for residents to dispose of their garbage.
Carlisle Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn said that the Community Clean-Up was very successful in cleaning up the town and she praised the collaboration between residents and the county officials and other personnel who took part in it.
“Working together with the county proved very successful for the Town of Carlisle,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “We were able to clean up the entire Town of Carlisle. The citizens were very cooperative, putting out trash to be collected. Also, we had a number of citizens who joined the county in cleaning up Carlisle.”
Ferguson-Glenn urged residents to keep Carlisle clean, pointing out that the cleaner the community is the more attractive it to business which the town is trying to attract.
“We encourage the citizens of Carlisle to help us keep it cleaned up,” Ferguson-Glenn said. “Making Carlisle beautiful and clean helps us in our efforts to attract business to our town.”
Union County Code Enforcement Officer David Kitchens also had praise for Carlisle’s support of the clean-up, pointing out that volunteers working together with county officials and personnel cleaned up along all of the town’s streets and roads. All in all, Kitchens said volunteers and county officials and personnel collected up to 400 bags of trash from along the roadsides of the town.
In addition, Kitchens said that 35 houses put their garbage out to be collected during the clean-up including household waste, tires, furniture and, in one instance, a piano.
Also participating in the clean-up was Union County Supervisor Frank Hart, District 2 Union County Councilman Ralph Tucker, Union County Detention Center Director Neil McKeown, and Union County Recreation Facilities Director Kevin Shropshire.
Kitchens said that the next Community Clean-Up will be in the Town of Jonesville. He said it is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16.
Community Clean-Up’s Facebook page is called “Lets Make Union SC Beautiful” and includes photos of the clean up efforts and improvements already made as well as examples of code violations.
In addition, persons who have information about littering may report it anonymously by calling 864-466-4705 or 864-466-4718 or leaving a private message on the Community Clean-Up Facebook page.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.