County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 33

NEWS YOU CAN USE Elmore County Counties lead communities to clean up T he “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup made a huge impact across the state this year, and once again, counties were right in the Crenshaw County middle of the action. Altogether, the cleanup net- ted more than 380 tons of trash, according to organizers at Houston County Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State). County governments have been actively engaged in the event for many years, and ACCA helps coordinate com- munication between PALS and counties. United by a common purpose, Spring Cleanup activities can vary a good bit from one county to another. Here are a few highlights from 2018: Covington County • Extending the week-long event, Covington County adopted a resolution designating April as a cleanup month. • One commissioner in Crenshaw County personally sponsored a PALS Pick-up Contest, with cash prizes of $100, $200 and $300 to the top three winners. • In Elmore County, cleanup crews were organized by county commissioners, schools, a high school ROTC program, Lake Jordan Home Owners & Boat Owners (HOBO), Boy Scouts, the YMCA and others. • In Houston County, Commissioner Brandon Shoupe branded efforts as the Houston County Spirit of Service Day. • One of the many projects in Jefferson County was a Day of Service on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In just one day, a massive roadside cleanup in the Village Creek Watershed brought Tuscaloosa County Mobile County Jefferson County COUNTY COMMISSION | 33