Monday, September 15, 2014

City Kicks Off Adopt-A-Street Program

September 15, 2014

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MEET THE TRENT CREEK ROAD CLEAN TEAM
City kicks off Adopt-A-Street program with local volunteers
On Saturday, September 20th, the City of New Bern is teaming up with the newly-formed Trent Creek Road Clean Team to kick off the Adopt-A-Street program.  At 9 a.m., Clean Team volunteers, along with city staff, will meet on Trent Creek Road near Craeberne Forest to celebrate the first community group to participate in New Bern’s Adopt-A-Street program. 
Adopt-A-Street recognizes the importance of a litter-free community.  Litter is not only an eyesore, but it can hinder economic development, harm local wildlife, and create a public safety hazard.  The City launched the Adopt-A-Street program earlier this year as a support mechanism for Litter Free NC, a State program aimed at engaging citizens to do their part to keep North Carolina clean and beautiful.
Adopt-A-Street encourages volunteers to take ownership of their neighborhoods and promote community pride by organizing cleanup efforts.  After a brief application process, volunteer groups “adopt” a city street (or portion thereof) and pledge to keep it clean for a minimum of four years.  In turn, the City will recognize the community’s efforts with the placement of an Adopt-A-Street sign featuring the group’s name.  Volunteers can meet as often as they like to collect trash and debris.  The City advises groups to meet a minimum of once every three months.
“The volunteers get trash bags and latex gloves, supplied by the City, to use for collecting trash and debris,” said City of New Bern Interim Public Works Director Matt Montanye.  “Once the cleanup effort is complete, organizers secure the bagged debris, place it behind the curb or safely off the edge of the roadway, call us, and we’ll come pick it up.”  The contact person for each Adopt-A-Street group is asked to call the Public Works Department at (252)639-7501 the following business day to report where the bags were left.
“We’ve also purchased fluorescent safety vests for the volunteers to identify them as program participants and to ensure they can be seen easily while cleaning their adopted street,” said Mr. Montanye.  The Trent Creek Road Clean Team plans to start cleaning the road right away on Saturday, with a cookout celebration afterwards.   
The second group to adopt a city street is Vision Forward, a non-profit organization that encourages the success of our youth.  The group has adopted Roundtree & Oak streets, Darst Avenue, Reisenstein Street, and Elm Street and plans to meet at 10 a.m. September 20th to kick off their initiative.  Alderman Victor Taylor, a Vision Forward member, initiated the organization’s participation. 
Volunteers, community groups, private businesses and industry are welcome to participate in Adopt-A-Street.  If you’re interested, call the Public Works Department at (252)639-7501

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