New Roads awarded grant to help 'Keep Louisiana Beautiful'
POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 1:49pm
NEW ROADS, LA — New Roads Mayor Robert Myer announced today that the City of New Roads has been awarded a beautification grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful. The grant will assist the city in cleaning its environment, and creating litter prevention and education programs to maintain a clean city.
“We are excited about being selected by Keep Louisiana Beautiful for this cooperative endeavor agreement to invest in the beautification of our city,” Myer said.
Myer said the city is committed to developing “Revamp New Roads,” a recycling awareness and litter abatement program that will emphasize greater participating in recycling, particularly during the city’s local festivals, and to create greater awareness of the importance of having a clean city.
“We know that a cleaner city is a better city,” Myer said. “A clean city is more attractive, it’s healthier and safer, and it’s more marketable to new businesses and residents. The City of New Roads is a great place to live, play and prosper; and a clean environment is an important part of maintaining our quality of life.”
Myers said the city will set up an education kiosk and a recycling drop-off site at all the city’s festivals and events, including the Harvest Festival on False River, Christmas in the City, Mardi Gras and Market at the Mill. He also said the city will participate in the America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 with a variety of educational activities and programs.
He said “Revamp New Roads” workers will also assist the city’s public work employees in identifying litter issues and developing efforts to maintain cleaner communities. He said he hopes to establish a permanent recycling drop-off site in the city.
Myers said the cooperative endeavor agreement calls for the city to invest in grassroots projects that support the mission of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, thereby qualifying the city for a $4,000 reimbursement from the organization.
In addition to paying for awareness programs and developing recycling efforts, he said the city also plans to develop attractive signs that encourage visitors to respect New Roads’ beauty and to cooperate with the city’s “clean guidelines.”
Myers said “Revamp New Roads” coordinators will begin implementing efforts in the coming weeks.