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Never tire of cleaning up community’s appearance
by Chip Latcham
Apr 14, 2012 | 618 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Wednesday’s Karnes Countywide, the lead story announced that Karnes County commissioners had approved the use of “trash cams.”

Those county officials are going hunting, trying to capture the elusive animal known as the “litterbug” whose bad habits are getting out of control there.

By using hidden camera video as a tool to crack down on illegal dumping, they hope to “bag” the ever-worsening problem with trash and litter on roadways, including old sofas, mattresses and hot tubs, among other discarded items pictured.

Along with the positives from the Eagle Ford Shale boom, one of the downsides being reported here and in nearby counties is the growing litter problem – although much of it may be the result of “home-grown terrorists.”

Several articles in our newspaper in recent weeks have pointed to the filthy mess, including the dumping of old furniture at the Vineyard office and the blowing refuse along our roads and highways.

Fortunately, we can offer one upcoming event, which is eagerly anticipated by many each year, that allows citizens to do something about these “eyesores” in our midst.

Beeville is hosting its annual Spring Clean on Saturday, April 21.

And this year, “We’re going to take tires,” Code Enforcement Officer Ronald “Buddy” Hardy said. The city has received a grant to fund a tire collection effort in conjunction with the event.

Hardy said the tire collection effort will be limited to four tires from each household and no tires will be accepted from commercial businesses.

That’s been a recurring problem because tires are not accepted at landfills or recycling centers and they must be discarded properly by licensed disposal services.

In addition, Hardy is looking for volunteers to help out during that day by picking up debris piles at the homes of elderly and disabled residents.

Volunteers from school, church, scouting and civic organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate again, bringing pickups and trailers with them.

Volunteers and residents who need assistance with collecting their debris piles should call City Hall and speak with Hardy. Also, they can show up next Saturday at the city equipment yard, 200 S. Jackson St.

C’mon, Bee County residents, start cleaning up your yards, homes and garages now. Don’t mess with our community or you just might be caught on a “trash cam.”

– Chip Latcham
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