Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

May 7, 2014

It takes a village to keep the village beautiful

GLASGOW — After a bitter, seemingly endless winter, spring finally has nudged Barren County back to life, and the vibrant colors of southcentral Kentucky have returned.

Residents of Glasgow are particularly proud of the city’s picturesque public square, and we applaud the Glasgow Garden Club for taking the initiative to enhance the space with more than two-dozen flower-filled hanging baskets. The baskets are lovely additions to the square, and the club is setting a good example about being mindful of our city’s appearance.

We hope that message inspires others to get involved in local beautification efforts. The city of Glasgow, for instance, is looking for groups  to join its Adopt-A-City-Street program, in which organizations would assume responsibility for tidying a two-mile stretch of road for a period of two years. The Department of Public Works will distribute equipment, offer safety guidelines for participants and will haul away any collected trash.

As of now, only one organization – Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow campus – has volunteered for the program, according to April Russell of the Department of Public Works. We’d encourage others to consider the program. Not only would increased participation save taxpayer money, it’s a good way to get outside and take ownership of our city’s appearance. The better Glasgow looks, the more appealing it will be to residents, visitors and prospective industries.

For more information about the Adopt-A-City-Street Program, call Russell at 270-651-5977.

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