Local PRIDE committee making plans for cleanup
by MARY MUSIC
PRESTONSBURG - With the PRIDE cleanup scheduled to begin in just a matter of weeks, Floyd County PRIDE is getting ready for the big haul.
Committee members held an organizational meeting Friday and named Tony Grubb, of the Floyd County Conservation District, as chairman and Margo Barber as vice chairman.
This year, Floyd County PRIDE will provide necessary supplies to PRIDE cleanup volunteers. Committee members also plan to "lead by example" by adopting and maintaining a stretch of highway in Floyd County through the Adopt-a-Highway Program.
Members set goals to clear out at least one known illegal garbage dump in the county and to seek funding to clear out polluted waterways, like that readily seen along the Right Fork of Middle Creek.
Grubb asked members to bring in digital photographs of area dump sites and other litter-prone areas so that members can decide which areas need the most attention.
Currently, members are working to obtain tax-exempt registration and PRIDE grant funding for cleanup projects and educational ventures throughout the community.
They discussed the possibility of "piggy backing" the Floyd County Service Project, headquartered in Turkey Creek, to obtain tax exempt status.
The organization is asking community schools, businesses and other organizations to "pitch in" during the annual PRIDE cleanup campaign, which is scheduled for April 9 through April 23.
Floyd County PRIDE representatives will be on hand during a Home and Garden Expo at the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park Convention Center on April 9, to sign up volunteers and offer information about upcoming PRIDE projects in Floyd County.
The community is invited to attend the next Floyd County PRIDE meeting, slated to be held at the Floyd County Courthouse Annex on April 7, at 10 a.m. Subsequent meetings will be held at various locations throughout the county.
To register your group or receive additional information, contact Floyd County PRIDE Coordinator Lon May at (606) 886-0498.
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