|KEEP SMITHVILLE BEAUTIFUL|
KEEP SMITHVILLE BEAUTIFUL COMMITTEE
Chairman: Catherine Miller
Keep Smithville Beautiful is committed to enhancing the charms of Smithville through a variety of projects and promoting recycling (see what our Recycling Center accepts below). Funding for current and new projects is through proceeds obtained from the Smithville Recycle Center and grant opportunities. Keep Smithville Beautiful is a member of with Keep Texas Beautiful.
New metal benches have been installed at the Gazebo park and randomly along Main Street. No-smoke cigarette butt receptacles have been placed along Main Street in an effort to extinguish litter.
KSB is in the Adopt-A-Highway program of Texas Department of Transportation. You may have noticed the sign along Loop 230. Clean-up events have been held along Loop 230, Main Street, and Highway 95. This will be an on-going project for KSB.
KSB also assists other entities with their cleanups and special enhancement projects around town.
In addition to picking up litter, KSB received a grant for a Cigarette Butt Cleanup/Count in 2008 from Keep America Beautiful that awarded KSB a monetary grant and 400 free Pocket Ashtrays once the criteria was met. This included KSB members and community volunteers picking up cigarette butts along Main Street and the alley, counting them, and reporting to Keep America Beautiful. A dirty job, but the streets are a little bit cleaner due to this effort. Cigarette butts do NOT decompose quickly and may take up to 25 years to decompose. Further, butts that are in the street end up in storm drains then in the ocean where birds and fish eat them. Animals have no way to digest the filters and may die.
Mural restoration is an on-going project for KSB.
KSB has assisted in funding the mosaic project at the Skate Park.
The flower pots along Main Street are maintained by a contractor of KSB.
Flags along Main Street boast “Home of Hope Floats,” “A Film and Family Friendly Community,” and eventually “Home of Tree of Life.”
Recycling is an on-going interest of KSB. On-going advertising in “The Smithville Times” and brochures and flyers focus on recycling awareness within our community. New signs have been installed at the Recycling Center. KSB is looking for options to assist local restaurants in their attempt to recycle the large amounts of cardboard received weekly.
KSB continues to work with the MLK Beautification Committee on the sign project at the intersection of Hwy. 95 and MLK to show respect for such an honored man. Other areas in Smithville are being discussed for “Welcome To Smithville” signs or billboards.
POSSIBILITIES FOR LOOP 230
While downtown Smithville and the neighborhoods have much charm, Loop 230 seems to be lacking some of those elements which make Smithville picturesque. KSB continues to consider ideas from private residents, Loop 230 merchants and city officials. Contact the chamber with your ideas.
MEETING TIME and DATE
Most importantly, KSB needs people who are willing to spend an hour or two, or more if they want, a month to keep Smithville vital, charming and welcoming.
Keep Smithville Beautiful meets on the third Tuesday of every month except December at 5:30 p.m. at Pocket’s Grille. Volunteers, even if unable to attend meetings, are always welcome to join the committee to help in any capacity on any project.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:31|