July 27, 2017
It seems you can drive down any type of roadway in Meriwether County and find the carelessness of others thrown on the side of the road in the form of trash that could easily be placed in a trash container. Despite the efforts of our County Public Works Department, Sheriffs Department using community service labor and State DOT it is becoming rampant. These services of picking up after others cost tax dollars that could be going to other more useful services such as roads. Sad thing is a major portion of the trash being recovered is from locations outside of Meriwether County, such as Popeyes, Checkers, Burger King and the list goes on and on.
"Its difficult to keep up with," says Tyrell Johnson Meriwether County Public Works Director. "We get one road cleaned up and four more pop up." Reality is it is the taxpayers of this county that suffer because it is their tax dollars that are diverted from services to the problem of litter on the roads. We need the citizens' assistance both in reporting individuals who leave trash on the roadway and helping volunteer with programs such as Keep Meriwether Beautiful in which people go out as a group or team to help clean up and keep the trash off the roads.
Please, if you see individuals dumping trash illegally call 911 or our Code Enforcement at 706-672-1283.
For information on Keep Meriwether Beautiful, contact Jane Fryer, 706-672-3467.
Trash is rampant on our roadways despite state and county public works efforts to keep it clean