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City of LaGrange to Shut Down and All Employees Will Pick Up Litter in Community, City Manager Wants to Send Message

Jonathan Dockery

LaGrange, Ga. April 10, 2018 – The City of LaGrange plans to shut down business on Friday, April 20th from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and all non-essential employees will go out into the community’s main thoroughfares to pick up litter.

City Manager Meg Kelsey is hoping to send a message to the community that the City of LaGrange is serious about cleaning up the litter. Kelsey sent a letter to the all employees Tuesday detailing the city’s new campaign, “Leaving LaGrange Better Than We Found It.” “As employees of the city, we have an opportunity to do something about it,” said Kelsey in the memo.

“We need to create a sense of responsibility and ownership for roadways and other public areas. City staff has the opportunity to send a new message to our citizens and visitors.” LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton and Troup County Commission Chairman Patrick Crews recently started a campaign to clean up litter in our community including videos urging residents to pick up trash.

According to Kelsey, more needs to be done to clean up the community. As a part of the new campaign, employees will be supplied a t-shirt, safety vest, bags, and gloves. After the cleanup, they will be treated to lunch with music and games. The City of LaGrange will open back up for business at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20th.

The city’s cleanup is anticipation of Keep Troup Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup Saturday, April 21st. The event encourages groups from LaGrange, West Point, Hogansville, and Troup County to clean up their community. This year’s theme is “Clean Your Block.”

If you would like to participate in Keep Troup Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, visit www.keeptroupbeautiful.com or call (706) 884-9922.

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