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November 2, 2013

Volunteers needed for local service boards

TIFTON —

Members of the community who are looking to volunteer their time can do so by serving on a local board, committee or commission.

The Keep Tift Beautiful Board currently has some openings. KTB Coordinator Houston Shultz, who is a Code Enforcement officer, said the mission of KTB is to work together as a unified community to create good stewards of the earth through beautification, education and conservation.

Their objectives are: to review and recommend implementation of the Keep America Beautiful system to achieve sustained litter reduction as appropriate for residents of Tift County and municipalities located therein; to promote interest and pride in the general improvement of the environment of Tifton/Tift County and emphasize the benefits of a clean, healthy and beautiful area; to inspire, initiate, plan, direct and coordinate programs for litter control and prevention in cooperation with individuals, business and industry, city and county governments, schools and public and private organizations; to encourage the planting and/or preservation of trees, flowers, plants, shrubbery and other objects of natural ornamentation; and to stimulate interest and action toward conservation of resources through recycling.

The KTB Board also oversees the Adopt-A-Mile program. Shultz said 15 groups currently participate in the program. Anyone interested can contact him at hshultz@tifton.net.

 

The current members serving on the KTB Board are Richard Burton, Jimmy Carson, Elayne Cook, Jimmy Dill, Nancy Duke, Dave Hetzel, Louise Hetzel, Jamie Lavender, Mary Mallow, Shirley Marchant, Duncan McClusky, Rubye Meders, Karen Shultz and Grace Thompson. Those interested in being on the board can contact City Clerk Rona Martin, who will start the process and advise City Council.

Martin said service on volunteer boards and committees is very important to the community.

“The city of Tifton has a number of boards serving various aspects of local government and strongly encourages voluntary service on those boards, committees and commissions,” she said.

Some of them include KTB, the Planning and Zoning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Library Board, Tifton Tree Board, Tifton Housing Authority and others.

Anyone interested in serving on a board or committee can contact the City Clerk’s office at 391-3970 or visit Tifton’s website at www.tifton.net.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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