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St. John getting clean as a community

The residents and workers who make up the communities of Reserve, Garyville and Wallace put their best feet forward, and now our community is growing a better reputation for it.

St. John the Baptist Parish officials announced last week those communities placed in the top three in the state’s 2015 Cleanest City Contest.

Louisiana Garden Club Federation contest organizers said Reserve placed second in District G (populations of 9,500-14,499), Garyville placed fourth in District E (populations of 2,500 to 4,499) and Wallace placed third in District B (populations of 500 to 999).

Parish President Natalie Robottom applauded the award announcement in a release noting a clean city is essential to the well-being of the community.

Robottom said members of the administration, economic development department, department of public works and residents involved in managing and implementing clean-up efforts deserve credit for St. John’s success in the contest.

“I’m extremely proud of our Cleanest City titles and grateful to all who worked so hard to achieve this designation,” Robottom said. “Our citizens want a clean, safe place to live and raise their families and instill pride in our community.”

The cleaning and beautification efforts continue parishwide next week with the annual Spring Clean Sweep.

The event is planned from 8 a.m. to noon May 9 with Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park in LaPlace serving as the staging area.

A park dedication for Daley, former district attorney and Keep St. John Beautiful leader, is also planned.

Interested participants are asked to register online at sjbparish.com or by calling Dana Milioto at 985-652-9569.

In an effort to make all those aware of what is required, the parish announced a mailer, including common code violations, was sent to all homes and businesses for informational purposes.

The intent is to have property owners take responsibility for the upkeep of their property to prevent violations and the use of taxpayer dollars to address privately owned property.

A good-looking community is something easily accomplished when everyone pitches in together. It’s also something that makes a heck of a mark to visitors.

Those visiting Reserve, Garyville and Wallace have already taken notice.