The Keep Tift Beautiful Board met Tuesday night at the Welcome Center for their regular monthly meeting to discuss some upcoming projects. They also welcomed a new board member, Hayward Fowler with the local Fun Channel network. Tift County Commissioner Melissa Chevers also attended the meeting.
Members were provided with a long list of projects that they hosted and/or participated in during the 2012 year. These projects included Bring One for the Chipper, Chevers’ One Street At A Time clean-up on Golden Road in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Think Green Tour, Adopt-A-Mile pick-up, E-Cycle, city gardens, National Planting Day, library reading event and many others.
Board members have put in a lot of time to help “keep Tift beautiful.”
Houston Shultz, who is the coordinator for the group, informed members that they will give their annual report to the city council at their regular meeting Feb. 4. Also, KTB will hold their annual E-Cycle event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 in the Cato Knight parking lot. Shultz said they coordinate with the city of Tifton and the company Atlanta Recycling Solutions. He explained that the company comes to Tifton and set up a semitrailer where citizens can bring electronic items to be recycled.
KTB will be picking up trash from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Second Street as part of the Adopt-A-Mile program. Volunteers who wish to help are asked to bring gloves. This is an event that occurs on the third Saturday of every other month, Shultz said. He added that they also plan to help with Chevers’ One Street At A Time clean-up, which will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the 500 block of 23rd Street West (where the old Beulah Hill Baptist Church used to be located). Chevers has asked for all volunteers and donations of bags, water and gloves.
Board member Shirley Marchant mentioned during the meeting that the conditions in the area of Highway 41 South needs to be addressed. Chevers noted that the Department of Transportation needs to be contacted to help with this situation. However, she plans to have her group of volunteers pick up trash near that area on Saturday, if she gets enough people to participate in the clean-up.
Marchant also stated that the City of Omega has been working with Code Enforcement to tear down dilapidated houses. She thanked them for what they do and noted that one dilapidated house in a neighborhood makes other nearby houses’ property value go down. She urged that people who see houses that are dilapidated or overgrown should contact Code Enforcement.
Other business discussed at the meeting included:
• Trees will be planted at the local Georgia Peanut Commission Feb. 15 for Arbor Day (a time has not been set yet). KTB does this in conjunction with the Tree Board members, who provide the trees.
• Fowler expressed some ideas on ways that the board can be active in getting more news about the organization out in the community through the local media and Facebook (KTB has a Facebook page).
• Members briefly went over last month’s meeting minutes. The following is the 2013 KTB committee: Mary Mallow, chairperson; Karen Shultz, vice chair; Nancy Duke, secretary; and Jimmy Carson, treasurer. Grant money and donations from local people help cover KTB’s community projects.
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