Lee officials plan community cleanup

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Lee County and city of Leesburg and Smithville officials are looking for volunteers and sponsors as the community prepares for its annual Great American Cleanup event, which is scheduled this year for April 30.

Volunteers have cleaned tons of trash from city and county roadways, parks and vacant lots in the four years the community has been involved in the cleanup.

"This year's event will be similar to last year's with our attention again being focused on the removal of trash from areas in the county and in both the cities of Leesburg and Smithville," cleanup coordinator Jim Wright, the county's Code Enforcement director, said. "We anticipate a volunteer group of 100-plus this year."

Wright said cleanup crews will focus on picking up refuse from under bridges, along stream banks, on rights of way, around stormwater ponds and in parks.

"If anyone in the county has suggestions of an area that needs our attention, we ask them to please contact me so that we can place that site on our to-do list," Wright said.

Event paraphernalia, including trash bags, posters and banners, will arrive in March and be distributed in the days leading up to the event. Lee County Chamber of Commerce officials are looking for sponsors to provide T-shirts for participants in the cleanup.

Persons interested in volunteering for the Great American Cleanup are asked to contact Wright at (229) 759-6000, extension 2280. Potential sponsors may contact Leslie Barbosa at the Lee Chamber at (229) 759-2422.

Wright, a group of volunteer team leaders and community volunteers also participate in an annual cleanup along county waterways each summer.