Spring is just around the corner and that means the City of Thomaston is getting ready to “Make Thomaston Shine” by encouraging all citizens to get out and help clean up their neighborhoods. Locals can get a head start on cleaning out their closets at the annual Thomaston Spring Cleaning Yard Sale at the Greatest Generation Memorial Park on Saturday, April 5 and then join forces throughout the community for the annual clean-up day on Saturday, April 12. Several events will also be held the week of April 12-19 for Georgia Cities Week, which Thomaston participates in every year.
Several businesses, community groups and individuals came together at the annual kick off meeting for “Make Thomaston Shine,” last week with many already planning what they will be doing to help beautify our town.
Last year was the first year Dart Container had participated in the event and they had over 100 employees and their families spread all over the county, picking up trash and recycling the plastic they found. This year, they plan to have just as many involved and in addition to the clean-up, will be speaking at the schools about how their industry uses recyclable materials.
Members of the Thomaston Garden Club will be out cleaning up their neighborhoods as well as planting flower boxes around the courthouse and the library. They will also have a few booths at the city-wide yard sale with garden and boutique type items.
Kay King, Community Development Director for the City of Thomaston, stated the city will be cleaning up the apartments the city owns, and the areas around the Park Street Playground and the African American Museum.
A representative of Severn Trent stated they would be out on the clean-up day, as did TransWaste, who stated they will have trash trucks out helping to pick up the material. City residents are also allowed to take their trash to the TransWaste Transfer Station on Waymanville Road, free of charge at any time. They must present a picture ID when coming to do so, however.
City of Thomaston Police Department will also be lending a hand to “Make Thomaston Shine,” by cleaning the outer building at the police department and identifying nuisance properties throughout town. Chief of Police Dan Greathouse stated they will be taking pictures of properties where people have disposed of old tires, so they will be able to identify whose it is and hopefully keep people from trying to dump them at the police department. He asked if any citizens see an area that needs to be addressed, that they let them know.
Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold was present at the meeting and told the crowd, that while the clean-up day is very important, what is more important is that we as a community clean-up on a regular basis.
“We are looking at a week to clean up and we have planned activities, but all too often these things happen again and again,” said Arnold. “You cannot mandate or dictate personal pride. It would be wonderful if we had a way of spreading the word, to try to impress, upon young people in particular, the importance of keeping a clean community. Sometimes, the first impression is the last impression.”
In addition to the yard sale and clean up day, for Georgia Cities Week the City will be hosting a mock-city council meeting at Upson-Lee High School on April 15, an appreciation reception for all city committee members, volunteers, current and former elected officials at the Senior Center on April 15 at 4:30 p.m. and that evening will be announcing the winners of the “If I were Mayor,” contest at the City Council meeting. There will also be a city employee luncheon on Friday, April 17 at the Greatest Generation Memorial Park at 12 noon.
The week will end on Saturday, April 19 with the annual free Easter Egg Hunt at the Greatest Generation Memorial Park, where over 4,000 eggs will be hidden for the children to find.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1