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The gorgeous weather this past weekend was perfect for volunteers to come out and help clean up Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Dewey Lake for the 28th Annual Operation Clean Sweep. More than 200 people showed up and took the time to prepare the park for the upcoming outdoor season. 

While the park is a great place to spend time outside, the rest of the county needs help, too.

According to Joe Reynolds, Floyd County code enforcement officer, the litter problem in the county has reached “epidemic” proportions. He attributes this continuing problem to lack of respect.

Anyone can drive through the county to see what he’s talking about. Quite a few property owners are ignoring the collection of trash in their yards, while common areas such as roadsides, creeks and drainage ditches are choked with debris thrown from vehicles, blown by the wind or washed away by water.

While it may be easier and less effort to ignore the problem, trash build up leads to more problems down the road. Those creeks, waterways and ditches become so cluttered that it leads to flooding because the water has no where else to go. Food wrappers and debris draw vermin, which can lead to the spread of disease. Plus, it’s just nasty to look at.

Floyd County is one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky, and it’s about time that each of us step up to do our part to keep it that way.

Floyd County is planning its annual spring cleanup for April 8-12, and, for the first time, officials are also hosting the “Floyd County Wide Community Cleanup” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. All fire departments will provide trash bags to volunteers and reward them with cookouts on that day, and Reynolds said additional cleanup events are being planned.

We commend county leaders for the added emphasis on the need to cleanup the county and for the efforts to educate children and increase community support in fixing the county’s trash problem.

Sharing this responsibility and teaching our kids to do the same is just the first step in becoming a better place for all of us to live.

For questions or more information on the cleanup, call the courthouse at, (606) 886-9193.

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