“Take West Moroe to the next level” holds community clean up

FIRST WM CLEAN-UP ON CYPRESS STREET
Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 7:48 PM CST
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) -Take West Monroe to the Next Level, a community campaign to encourage business owners and residents to take greater pride in West Monroe, held its first clean up event

“This is my town. I want to keep it clean!,” exclaimed Mel Douberry a West Monroe resident.

Ouachita Green, Keep West Monore Beautiful, city department heads, beautification crews, as well as volunteers, came together Friday to participate. The citywide campaign held its kickoff event on Cypress Street.

Leaders said they choose that corridor because it is a high traffic area. Volunteers were armed with grabber tools, plastic bags, and gloves. They said they are happy to be able to help their community.

“I wanted to be a part of something to make West Monroe better; beautification is always the first step. It’s going to bring more business it is going to look more attractive, more tourists I just think overall, it’s going to be a beautiful thing for us” added Douberry.

Even local businesses say the campaign is much needed and are excited to see the impact of the campaign efforts.

Carey Searcy, a co-owner of Blue Line Boutique in West Monroe, said there are always ways to do better.

“There’s room for improvement, and this is much needed in our community for sure.”

“Just clean up after yourself and be proud to be from here. That way it makes it more enjoyable for other people to be from here. And just kind of take it to the next level and hold ourselves to higher standards to where people will want to come and bring, you know, bigger businesses and better businesses that make it more enjoyable for people to come and stay and want to be here and spend more time here and bring their business and their families and spend, you know, just do more things and hang out,” added Blue Line Boutique co-owner Andrea Sadler.

The campaign also encourages people to become actively involved in their community.

“You would hope that creating an environment that was clean so that when a person goes to trash up an area, that they would think twice about doing it because the area is clean,” said Sadler, gesturing outside to the storefront.

However, it’s not just about the litter, West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell said little improvements go a long way to making a big difference in the community.

“It’s all about just showing and leading by example and showing the public that we care and instilling pride in our area. It’s about what we look like, how we look, how important our appearance is.”

In an effort to encourage businesses to enhance their appearance, Keep West Monroe Beautiful is offering two grants of $250 each to be used toward exterior improvements.

To apply for one of these grants, please contact Ouachita Green at (318) 355-5622 or info@ouachitagreen.org. Those interested in learning more about the campaign can contact the City of West Monroe at (318) 396-2600 or mayorsoffice@westmonroela.gov or the WMWO Chamber of Commerce at (318) 325- 1961 or lstrode@westmonroechamber.org

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