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Chambers take leadership role in April clean-up

The Opp Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating that city’s efforts to participate in a county-wide clean-up this month.

Kelly Brandin, executive administrator of the Opp Chamber of Commerce, told council members she is working with the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce and Covington County EMA Assistant Director Frank Shaffer to participate in a statewide anti-littering program.

The ALPALS (Alabama’s People Against a Littered State), campaign is a program done annually to keep Alabama beautiful.

The program is implemented through the organization of a group, a team or a club that takes part in the cleanup.

“We might not be able to do everything, but we can do some of it,” Brandin said.

“A lot of people don’t realize that beautification is a big part of their city. Beauty and curb appeal will attract people.”

Brandin also said that there will be garbage bags, gloves and water provided for those that work.

“I’ve also talked to the Department of Transportation about what we’re doing and I am working on gathering road vests so that all the volunteers will be safe,” she said.

Becky Bracke, the Opp city mayor, said that it is very important for the cities to look good.

“It’s very important for us (Opp), to look good when people come to visit. I think this is a great idea,” she said.

After signing up, each group, club or team, will be given a selected area to clean up in their city.

Throughout the entire month of April, there will be selected days where people will work on either their community, their own property or even outside of their community.

Each day the groups will work from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event will begin with “Cleanup Kick Off”, on April 20 at the Walmart Supercenter in Andalusia. All groups from Opp and Andalusia will meet their to begin the month of cleaning.

 

The days are:

• April 21-22: “Weekend Winners”, using the holiday weekend to clean up areas within their neighborhood or their own areas.

• April 23- “Miracle Mile Makers”, all groups will work on a mile of their choosing.

• April 24- “Truck Route Takedown”, groups will work on truck routes in their areas.

• April 25- “What’s my property look like?” Individuals will look at their own property and work neighbor to neighbor.

• April 26- “Through Town”, teams will make an effort to walk through their town and do a pick up of garbage or litter to beautify their city or town.

• April 27- “For Our Friends Friday”, teams will find an area to clean up outside of the area that they signed up for.

• April 28- “Grand Slam Saturday”, teams will finish up the week with a home run of pick ups. This means covering parks, local school campuses and churches.

More information will be available closer to the event.