WATER VALLEY – The town is scheduled to get a good spring cleaning Saturday morning as the Town and Country Garden Club is sponsoring a cleanup that includes every street in the municipal limits.
The effort gets underway at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at City Hall with a group picture before volunteers are assigned to one of 10 sections in town.
Club member Geri Cardwell reported that participation will include numerous clubs and organizations as well as individuals. Trash bags will be furnished by Fred’s and Larson’s Piggly Wiggly. Home Depot is donating gloves for the event. The City of Water Valley is providing a garbage truck, which will be parked behind City Hall, for litter and trash removal.
Club member Dee Cox is urging participants to wear bright colored shirts. She also reminds motorists to be mindful of the cleanup Saturday morning and drive slow.
“Remember, we will have people working on every street in town,” Cox said.
The project is coordinated by the Town and Country Garden Club’s Conservation Committee that includes Geri Cardwell, Dee Cox, Bonnie Cox and Sara Nell Champion. The group hopes to make the cleaning an annual event.
The 10 sections of town include:
Group One: Blount Street, McLarty Street, Cook Street and Simmons Street;
Group Two: Blackmur Drive to Stephens Street, Haynes Street, South Street and East Wood Street;
Group Three: Calhoun Street, Croom Street, Simmons to Wood Street and Douglas Street
Group Four: Martin/Railroad Street, Thornton Street, Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Davidson Street, Daniels Street, Mills Street and Lee Street;
Group Five: N. Court Street, Jones Street, Campus Street, Boyd Street, Eckford Street and Lafayette Street;
(Note Main Street divides east and west sections)
Group Six: Lafayette Street from Main Street go east, North Main Street to the bypass, Whitley Street and North Central to Bypass;
Group Seven: Lafayette west of Main Street to Hwy. 315, Bergland Street, Griffin Street, Carlson Street, Robinson Street and South Court Street;
Group Eight: Market Street, Robinson Street, Airways Acres, West Lee Street to the Bypass, Suggs Street, Fly Street and Wise Street;
Group Nine: Clay Street, Price Street, Herring Street, Beacham Street and Wagner Street to the bypass;
Group 10: Panola Street, Crosby St., Pate Street, Jackson Street, Leland Street, Kimmons Street, McFarland Street, Hazel Street, Prospect Drive, Sissel Street, Leland Street, Dupuy Street and Young Street.
“A lot of people have told me they will do their street,” Cardwell told the Herald. “But we want to make sure they come in and register to help us coordinate the workers.”
Also four public areas have been adopted by various clubs to tackle on cleanup day. Town and Country Garden Club members will work Railroad Park, Water Valley Garden Club members will work City Park, Water Valley Lions Club members will work Railroad Depot and boy scouts/cub scouts will work Crawford Sports Complex.
For more information or for scheduling, contact Cardwell at 473-1381 or 419-4244 or Dee Cox at 473-1097. The project falls under the club’s Conservation Committee, which also includes Bonnie Cox and Sara Nell Champion. A rain date has been set the following Saturday, May 17, at the same time.